Read: John 15:9-17
Someone has defined friendship as “knowing the heart of another and sharing one’s heart with another.” We share our hearts with those we trust, and trust those who care about us. We confide in our friends because we have confidence that they will use the information to help us, and not harm us. They in turn confide in us for the same reason.
We often refer to Jesus as our friend because we know that He wants what is best for us. We confide in Him because we trust Him. But have you considered that Jesus confides in His children?
Jesus began calling His disciples friends rather than servants because He had entrusted them with everything He had heard from His Father (John 15:15). Jesus trusted His disciples to use the information for the good of His Father’s kingdom. Although we know that Jesus is our friend, can we say that we are His friends? Do we listen to Him? Or do we only want Him to listen to us? Do we want to know what is on His heart? Or do we only want to tell Him what is on ours? Jesus said, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him” (John 14:23). He again said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14:15).
To be a friend of Jesus, we need to listen to what He wants us to know and then use the information to bring others into friendship with Him. We need to be faithful to Him in everything if we are His friends.