“I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me. You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.” — John 15:15-16
When John Masefield, Poet Laureate of Great Britain, was a young man, he left the sea and went to work in a carpet mill in Yonkers, N. Y. Of that change he said later, “Compared to the life of the sea, the life in the mill lacks the companionship of the sky.”
What a beautiful phrase! What a great word picture and description of the Christian faith and what it brings to us: “the companionship of the sky!” We have the companionship of Heaven, of the God who is our father, and of Christ, who is our friend!
Jesus said, “I have called you friends.” What does that mean to us? The word “friends” is a descriptive word. It actually means “friend of the court.”
What does it mean to be a friend of the court? Read about the common practice of treatment by a king toward those who were “friends of the court:”
- Every debt must be paid. The king personally saw to it that every debt incurred by his “friends” was taken care of. Thank God for the Cross!
- Every need must be met. The king made himself responsible for the daily needs of his “friends.”
- Every secret must be shared. The king kept back nothing from his “friends.”
- Every door must be opened. The “friends” of the king not only had amazing access to him but also were afforded great “doors of opportunity” because of their special relationship to the king.
I’m sure you see the spiritual parallels. Just know that if you have come into relationship with God through Jesus, that You are a friend of God!