Friends of Jesus — Angus Buchan

Hope

If we go to God’s word in the Gospel of John 15:14 (NKJV) Jesus said: “You are My friends if you do whatever I command, you.” The difference between a servant and a friend is that a friend obeys the Lord without question. There’s no arguing, a friend is one who can be trusted, and Jesus calls you and I His friends if we choose to obey His commands. That is the difference between a servant, a hireling and a friend — a son or daughter.

Remember, a hireling works for his wages, he wears his watch very prominently on his wrist and he works according to the clock and when it’s knock off time, it doesn’t matter if the cow is caught in the well, he will leave it there, because he is getting paid by the hour. But a friend, a son or daughter of the Lord, will do everything in his power, after hours, to take the cow out of the well where it has got stuck, to protect its life.

In these perilous times in which we are living, especially now as we see Easter approaching, it is time for us to do a check on our lives and ask ourselves a serious question, and that is: are we really obeying the Word of the Lord? If we are not, we cannot call ourselves His friends.

You know that one of my favourite scriptures in the Bible is found in John 15:13 (NKJV) — 13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. And that’s exactly what Jesus did on Easter Friday, Good Friday, He died in our place. The least that you and I can do, is to obey His commands. It should not be difficult if we truly love Him. Let us remember, He doesn’t call us His servants anymore, He calls us His friends because He is trusting that you and I will obey His Word.

Let’s do it this Easter time, let’s take time out to sit quietly, to meditate, to pray, to read His Word and to contemplate on the great price that Jesus paid for us to be called His friends.

God bless you
Angus & Jill Buchan

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