He Calls You Friend

 

By: Abby Randolph

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A few weeks ago, I stood, exhausted after a long day of work and ministry, when a friend walked up to me. She hugged me and asked how I was and how the night had gone. For a few minutes I shared my heart, and probably a few tears, with her. When I’d finished, she smiled at me, put a hand on my shoulder, and in her gentle, loving wisdom said, “He calls you friend.”

Jesus says in John 15:15, “No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.”

Often times I forget that Jesus doesn’t want me to just work for Him, but with Him. He wants a relationship with me, and with you.

That’s why he told his disciples that He had to leave and return to His Father, so that He might send His Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.

Because of the Holy Spirit, we can have an intimate relationship with the person of Jesus without Him being physically in the room with us. (Even though it would be sweet to have Jesus over for coffee every morning!) Filled with the Holy Spirit, we’re emboldened, encouraged, and strengthened in that relationship. Through Him, friendship with God is possible, and from that friendship, everything else flows.

That’s how the disciples were able to walk out of that upper room on Pentecost, because when the Spirit fell on them, they were no longer alone and they had no reason to hide. They walked out in relationship and not just in obligation. They couldn’t do it alone.

Jesus desires to let loose His Holy Spirit on you today, and especially now as we just celebrated the great feast of Pentecost. He desires to strengthen and deepen His relationship with you.

He calls you friend.

I encourage you to spend some time being friends with Him. Talk with Him, ask Him what He would like to do, listen and let Him share with you what’s on His heart. He delights in that time with you.

He delights in you.

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Abby Randolph is the oldest of 11 children. She loves the simple joys of life. She is passionate about many things and is striving each day to become the strong, courageous woman of God she was created to be. Her special talents include: playing guitar, diaper changing and professional baby holding, completing tasks using only one hand, and catching and killing annoying house flies.

 
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