Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I called you friends for everything that I learned from my father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love one another. John 15:12-17
One of the most important tasks for any person is handling human relationship. Being able to do this requires understanding, wisdom and maturity.
Jesus called His intimate followers to be His disciples. When He called them and they responded, He became their Master and Teacher. He raised them to a higher level by calling them His friends and their relationship took a new stature.
A master didn’t share his secrets with his slaves, but Jesus did what His friends. He was now revealing God’s great plan to His disciples. God’s plan for the salvation of humankind, and they would be entrusted with this task.
Jesus confided in His disciples so that they could start thinking about salvation the way He thought about it. Jesus shared His secrets with His friends, and by doing this, He included them in His plans. Soon putting those plans into action would become their life work.
A now it has become our responsibility. In a certain sense it is a privilege to be God’s slave. But being a friend of God is much better. It means that we are on close contact with God and He entrusts us with His plans and dreams.
Prayer: Holy Master, help me to conscientiously carry out the plans You have given me. Amen
Grace and Peace to You My Friends