- “I have called you friends” (John 15:15).
What is the standard for gaining such a title–a friend of Jesus? Here, Jesus calls His disciples His friends because He hasn’t held anything back. He has given them every bit of the revelation the Father has sent Him to give. He has told them the truth–the full truth–though they have certainly struggled to understand it. This is the nature of friendship with God, that He would reveal His heart and His plans to those who will listen and obey. To those who harden their hearts, no such connection is available, but those who will truly draw close to God will find Him ready to come close as well. If God is not your friend, perhaps that disconnect resides in your preference for some other path.