“I do not call you servants anymore because a servant doesn’t know what his master is doing. I have called you friends because I have made known to you everything I have heard from my Father.”
John 15:15 CSB
A true friend knows and cares about the desires of their friend. Not only this, but they seek to bring this desire to fruition. In our anchor text, Jesus tells his disciples (and us by extension) that we are friends of God. This is because we know what the Father desires.
As recipients of the grace of God, we can discern by the Spirit what the will of God is. Yet, it is not enough to only know the will of God; we must do something about it.
God called Abraham and Moses His friends (Isaiah 41:8, Exodus 33:11). We can look at their lives to learn how to respond to friendship with God. First, we note that a desire for intimacy was strong.
Moses would often go up to the mountain and spend days with God talking about the plans He had for Israel (Exodus 34:29-35). In Exodus 33:18, we see Moses cry out to see the glory of God, i.e., know His attributes. In response, God passes by him, declaring who He is (Exodus 34:5-7).
If we would carry out the desires of God, we cannot forgo staying in the place of prayer and Bible study.
In Genesis 18:16-32, God told Abraham about His plans to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham’s response was to intercede for them. Many people, in the place of prayer, only concern themselves with their own needs. Abraham pleaded on behalf of Sodom, although he had nothing to gain. As friends of God, we would need to be selfless if we are to see God’s desires come to pass by our hands.
Finally, responding to His desires is necessary. We cannot know the will of God but do nothing about it. Alignment is what makes you a friend. 2 Peter 3:9 tells us that God does not want anyone to perish but all to come to repentance. How have you positioned yourself to bring this desire to pass?
Consider these things and adjust accordingly. Everything you desire is on the other side of intimacy.
Bible Reading Plan:
Mark 14:53-65, Galatians 3:1-14, Psalms 112, 2 Samuel 13.