What a privilege it is to be called as a friend of God ! Have you ever thought about it? The above key verse clearly tells us that Jesus would love to call each one of us, His dear friend. Friendship could be of many types. It could be just acquaintances . Some could be childhood relationships which was so very important at that time, but as time went by lost its intimacy. Yet there are other friendships that we carry so dear and near to our hearts..Here Jesus is not talking about mere acquaintances but real intimate relationships.
Is it possible to be a child of God and not be a friend of God? You could be saved and be born in the family of God, but never have that intimate relationship with Him. Bible says that God spoke with Moses face to face just like a man speaking to his friend. But it was only Abraham who was referred to as the friend of God. Lets see what was so special about Abraham to be given this title.
Abraham obeyed God even when he did not fully understand God’s ways.
When God asked Abraham to go to the land that He is going to show , he never asked where, when and how. He just simply obeyed and trusted God to be faithful.
Abraham chose to be different from the crowd.
When he was given an opportunity to choose the land…he chose to be different from Lot who was pleased with Sodom.
Abraham believed God even in unfavorable situations.
It took long 25 years for his promise to be fulfilled, but never doubted God even when there was no ray of hope in the natural.
Abraham was willing to sacrifice the promise for his promise giver.
He was ready to place his dearest promise on the altar and live without his dearest son than to be disobedient to his God.
Bible says that there is no greater love than giving one’s life for his friends. Jesus showed us that intimate love and sacrificed his life for us. We are no longer slaves who are unaware of the master’s business, but co-heirs of Jesus Christ.
Jesus paid the price to make you and me a ‘ child of God’. Are you ready to be different like Abraham so that you and me can be called a ‘ friend of God’?