Friends of God
do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing;
but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I
have made known to you.” (John 15:15)
You do not choose to be a friend of God. That is by invitation only.
Only two people in the Old Testament were specifically described as “friends of
God.” Abraham walked with the Lord so closely that God referred to him as His
friend (Isa. 41:8). Moses spoke to God face to face as a man speaks with his
friend (Exod. 33:11).
By His very nature God is a friend to us. He loves us with a perfect
love and reaches out to us with salvation when we can offer Him nothing in
return. It is quite another thing when someone has a heart so devoted to Him
that God initiates a special friendship. David’s heart was totally devoted to
God (1 Kings 11:4). Although David was not sinless, he loved God. David hated
sin (Ps. 103:3); he loved to worship God (Ps. 122:1); he took genuine delight
in God’s presence (2 Sam. 6:14); he loved to speak about God (Ps. 34:1); he was
keenly aware of his transgressions (Ps. 51:3–4); and he delighted in offering
gifts of song, thanksgiving, and praise, asking for nothing in return (Ps.
100). So closely did David walk with God that his words were on Jesus’ mind as
He hung upon the cross (Matt. 27:46).
Jesus called His disciples friends. He said He would disclose to them
things that the Father had shared with Him, because they were His friends.
There developed such an intimate friendship between them that He would share
what was on His heart with His friends.
If you cannot describe yourself as a friend of God, commit yourself to
seek after God with all your heart.