Now, if we are no longer enemies, then what are we? Friends! Yes, we are God’s friends! Jesus said to His disciples, and also to us:
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. (John 15:15 NIV)
God calls us His friends! That is, if we want to be His friends. Many people have no desire to be a friend of God, because then He would be in their business. If they hear God’s voice, then they are obligated to follow His instructions. Kind of like my dog! We hide our eyes and ears from God, hoping that He doesn’t see us. And if He doesn’t see us, then He can’t tell us what to do. How ridiculous is that!
Notice that Jesus says that we are His friends, because He wants to share with us His business. He wants us to be part of what He is doing! If you had to choose, whose business would you want to be part of? Well, the truth is that we can choose to be part of God’s business, because He wants us to be! In fact, He wants to make His business known to anyone who wants to hear it. Literally!
In fact, Jesus said this astounding thing in the same passage as his “friends” statement:
“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.” (John 16:13-15 NIV)
He makes it very clear that God’s desire is to speak to His people. In fact, He has sent Himself in the form of the Holy Spirit to dwell in His believers for the purpose of open communication with His people. That’s what friends do—they keep the channels of communication open and unclogged, so that they can speak to one another anytime and any place. We are His friends, and God will tell us the unadulterated truth about the past, present and future. Did you catch that? He even wants to tell us about what is coming in the future! What a great friend to have!
The key is to be humble in mind and open in heart. If you can do that, then you will hear from the God of the Universe—your Friend!