“I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know what his master is doing. But I call you friends, because I have made known to you everything I heard from my Father. You did not choose me; I chose you. And I gave you this work: to go and produce fruit, fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you anything you ask for in my name.” John 15:15-16
Yes, we do serve God. But he wants us to realize that we are so much more than that! We are his friends. We don’t just obey and have cold hearts toward God, and he doesn’t have a hard heart towards us. He allows us to have an intimate relationship with him, where we praise him and worship, and where we are his children and he is our father.
Where we love each other more, where things taste better and music is more lively and things are more exciting. We stop existing and really start living, with hearts fully devoted to Christ! He is not just some abstract religious concept. He is not merely an idea, but a new way of living.
He is not some small hobby, but a radical and awesome change in lifestyle. He is not some distant God who wants to have no say in our lives, who wants to sit back and watch us mess everything up. He is a loyal and amazing friend and father. He adds color to a grey life, gives purpose to this otherwise meager existence. He inspires hope, courage, strength, fellowship, ideas. He ignites love in our hearts.
As far as I am concerned, nobody ever really experiences life at all until they have spent a day with their hearts in Christ. He pushes us to change for the better, to help people more, to make less of ourselves so that he can become greater. He adds sparkle to our eyes and more enthusiasm in each step we take. Life will be challenging but still invigorating. Difficult but well worth the difficulty.
People act like Christianity is so corrupt- and though it’s true that corrupt Christians give us a bad name- I want to shout at people and let them know that this is what it is all about: lives truly being saved and changed by having faith in Jesus.
Which brings me to:
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in and eat with you, and you will eat with me.” Revelation 3:20
If you feel God tugging on your heart, don’t be cold and unresponsive. Don’t pull away from him! He’s knocking on the door of your heart, begging to be let in and to have fellowship with you. Trust him. Let him lead you and guide you. He is truly looking out for your best interest.
Let go of trusting yourself, trusting your job to keep you happy, trusting people to always be there for you, trusting that everything will go well because we live in a good society. We all know that sometimes, we trust in these things and they fall short. Something goes bad at work, you lose someone close to you, the economy gets horrible and goes completely insane!
Trust in the one who will always be enough for you: Jesus! He never falls short. He forgives. He gives us strength when times get hard. He will make a way. He is not merely a leader but a friend. Let him in your heart. Have fellowship with him!!