I have called you friends ...

I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. ... Remember the word that I said to you, ‘Servants are not greater than their master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you; if they kept my word, they will keep yours also. But they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. -John 15:15,20-21 NRSV
Friend. Servant. I love these two words. They speak to me about the nature of our relationship with God. On one hand, our relationship is a mutual loving friendship. Sharing a loving bond whereby we give our heart to God in response to having his heart in us. It is a voluntary engagement where God shares his mind with us and we with him.

On the other hand, our relationship is that of a father and a small child. A master and a slave. There is no equality between parties. Our job is to do the bidding of the Father regardless the results. And when things go bad in our lives we are often not given answers. Except the knowing that bad things once happened to the Master.

I am your servant Lord. Help me to be a better friend to you. Help me to walk in the way of love.

... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on the Gospel of John.

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