“I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” --John 15:15b
One day when I was walking Lexi a boy called out to me, “Aren’t you Josie’s mom?” I answered, “You must be Josie’s friend from school.” He replied, “Well, I know Josie from school.” Knowing someone isn’t the same as being someone’s friend. Jesus called his disciples friends. They knew him—as we know him—as Savior, Son of God. Also they trusted him, relied on him, and were privy to his confidences. They truly were friends. Maybe we assume that anyone who walks with God must be Jesus’s friend. But unless we rely on him, call on him, and tell him what’s on our hearts, we aren’t enjoying the friendship Christ offers us. We wouldn’t hesitate to ask a good friend for help; Jesus is ready to help us (Hebrews 13:6). If someone said to us, “You must be Jesus’s friend,” could we answer yes? Walking in faith isn’t simply knowing who Jesus is. Walking in faith is knowing what a friend we have in Jesus.