Are You A Friend Of Jesus?

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How many of us consider Jesus as our Friend?  Why do we call Him our Friend?

Then again, how many of us consider ourselves a friend of Jesus?

Let us see what Jesus said about His friends.

John 5:14
You are my friends if you do what I command.” 

Do we know what Jesus commands us to do?

Matthew 28:18-20
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

Yes, Jesus commands us to go and make disciples of all nations and to teach them to obey everything that He has commanded us.

In the Book of Acts, there is an account of the complete obedience of one man to the commands of Jesus.

Acts 8:26-38
26 “Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road – the desert road – that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.”
27 So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship,
28 and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet.
29 The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.”
30 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.
31 “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
32 This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading:
“He was led like a sheep to the slaughter,
and as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
33 In his humiliation he was deprived of justice.
Who can speak of his descendants?
For his life was taken from the earth.”
34 The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?”
35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.
36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?”
38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.”

Philip had a specific instruction and he obeyed.  Because of his obedience, the Ethiopian eunuch was saved. Studies have shown that this Ethiopian eunuch is most likely the first non-Jewish Christian.

Sometimes we might be given specific instructions to witness to someone and even if it is difficult or not convenient, we must still obey because we are a friend of Jesus.  When we act in faith and obedience, we will see the fruits of our labour and we will bring joy to God, our Father.

Let us pray.

Dear Lord Jesus, forgive me for calling You my Friend and singing in church about You being my Friend while all these times, I expect You to be my Friend but I am more often than not, unwilling to be Your friend.  I have not always obeyed You as I should.  I know that You came to earth to die for the sins of all mankind and You want me, as Your friend, to tell others about what You have done so that they can be saved.  However many times, I am more concerned about my own affairs than about what You want me to do to help others. Lord, help me to enjoy Your friendship and be willing to spend more time with You in prayer and the reading of Your Word so that our friendship is not just one way but mutual, where I obey all Your commands. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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