Brother Joe and the worship team did a spectacular job of leading us in praise yesterday. What stood out to me, apart from the clear presence of the Spirit in the room, was the focus of our relationship to God as friends. “I am a friend of God.” “God has called me friend.” What a wonderful testimony.
In John 15, Jesus said:
12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends . . . .” Jesus, the Emmanuel (God with us) has thereby recognised us as friends. Not just servants, disciples, or even flunkies, but as partners in the intimate relationship of friendship.
One shares with friends, cries with friends, and celebrates with friends. What a great blessing and honour to be in such a bond with the Creator and Master of the universe. So let us celebrate our friendship today!