We were trying out a brand new restaurant and we scored BIG. Fabulous ambience. Amazing food. Great service. Oliver was our server and he was always there when we needed something. We enjoyed nice, light conversation with him whenever he was nearby. The conversation my friend and I were having over our meal was personal so anytime that Oliver stopped by to check on us we switched gears to chat with him. Oliver was our server, doing a great job, and he was friendly. But he wasn’t our friend.
Being friendly doesn’t make you a friend. It might be a first step toward friendship but real friendship is cultivated over time through experiences and by building trust.
I love envisioning Jesus around a table with his disciples who had spent three years following Him everywhere He went. Helping Him. Serving Him. Learning how to be a God follower. Jesus knew His death was imminent and these final conversations with His closest companions were so important to convey His heart for them.
In John 15:15 (NIV) Jesus wanted them to open their hearts to more and to realize the depth of His love for them. He said, “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” That word is for us today as well. We serve God out of love and a desire to obey…but don’t forget that He has called us His friend. Make time to sit with Him today and listen for His word to speak to you.
What does God say about you? You are a friend of God.