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"I Have Called You Friends"

“You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all of your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13, NIV)

I long to spend time with my friends. I want to know what their thoughts are and how they are feeling. I want to do ordinary, day to day life with them.

I try to live this same way with Jesus now.

Sometimes, when I am leaving my apartment, I hold out my hand and ask Jesus to come with me. I do this to keep myself aware of His presence, and He is always faithful to show me something new even in an ordinary day.

Occasionally, I have special dates with Jesus.

Once I extended an invitation with Him to spend New Year’s Eve with me. I told Him to pick me up at 5:45. I dressed carefully. I prepared a special meal and set the table with the best china. My landlady stopped in and asked, “Who are you expecting for dinner?” (There were two place settings and crystal candlesticks.) I told her that Jesus was coming. She quietly backed out of the room.

At 5:45 I met Jesus at my gate, and we walked to church together. The snow on the trees in the lamplight never looked so lovely. In church, I was deeply aware of Him sitting beside me. When we sang, I heard the words to the songs. I told Him, “We’re singing to You!”

After church, we had dinner. The food tasted different. I was noticing the texture and full flavors in all that I ate. I thanked Him for making green beans.

Then I told Him all about my year and I found that He gave me a new perspective on how some things had transpired. I asked Him to show me where I had gone wrong. He did. He also showed me where I had gone right. He gave me some words for the new year.

We closed the evening watching an episode of The Andy Griffith Show until the bells rang at midnight. It was perfect.

The next day I asked my landlady how she had spent her New Year’s Eve. She said, “I spent it with Jesus. Just like you.” That is when I realized that my friendship with Jesus can inspire others in their friendship with Jesus. He is the best of friends for all of us.

Warmly in Christ, Karen Kurth

For Reflection:

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. (John 15:12-15, ESV)

  1. Journal topic: Do I have a friendship with God? Do I want a friendship with God? What would that friendship look like? What’s stopping me from experiencing friendship with God?

  2. Read John 15:12-15. Read it again slowly and out loud. Are any words or ideas particularly coming to your attention? Journal about what you are hearing. Sit before God for five minutes asking Him to show you His love and friendship.

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