No longer do I call you servants, for the servant doesn’t know what his lord does. But I have called you friends, for everything that I heard from my Father, I have made known to you.
– John 15:15
As a middle child, it felt like a promotion when I got to be included with the older set of siblings who babysat the younger ones.
I imagined that I had risen through the ranks and now stood in my parents’ stead as I delegated tasks or listened to the younger kids’ concerns. The respect and obedience that I had given were now due to me. I was a co-laborer with my parents to carry out their wishes during their absence.
Such authority was not arbitrary.
My parents gauged my fitness for responsibility, taking into consideration how mature I was, how readily I obeyed their requests, how well I followed their rules, if I made fair decisions, and how harsh my reprimands were. They carefully assessed my own character growth before putting vulnerable little ones under my rule.
Our Christian journey is similar to growing up in a large family. As we mature, we learn more about the reasons for our Father’s rules. We learn from those who are more advanced in their faith than we are. And we have the great privilege of working with our big brother, Jesus, as we help those whose belief is still small and fragile.
Jesus calls us His “friends,” and invites us all to a deeper relationship of mutual intimacy.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for accepting me as I am.
It is unimaginable that You would call me “friend,” yet You have.
I, too, want a friendship with You.
I pray in Christ’s name, Amen