This week’s identity truth is I am Christ’s friend. In my last blog post, I shared how this week challenged me to dig deeper. I felt ushered into an opportunity to get real before God.
For I no longer call you servant, for the servant does not know what the master is doing, but I have called you friend, for everything the Father has told me I have made known to you. John 15:15
The Spirit Filled Bible says no relationship is quite as profound as when Jesus calls us his friends because friend speaks of mutuality and love. A friend is a person whom one knows and with whom one has a bond of mutual affection. An affection is favor. Liking.
The God of the universe wants to enter into a friendship with us.
He loves us. Yes.
He also likes us.
And He does not hide his affections from us.
There’s also no secret in our friendship with God. Our God is truthful and honest. We are invited into an opportunity to be mutually truthful and honest, bearing our thoughts, feelings and instincts before God. And that invitation comes not from what we do or don’t do. It comes with just being us.
When we set aside our roles of who we think and feel we have to be, we step into this space where we become who God designed us to be.
God doesn’t hide things from us and we don’t have to hide things from God.
We are Christ’s friend. He’s shown us everything and He invites us into a space where we get to show all of ourselves to Him.
He doesn’t hide from us. He doesn’t take affection away when we don’t like ourselves. He doesn’t take His favor of us away when we hide ourselves from Him. He doesn’t take away His friendship with us. Ever. He stays in that space, grounding friendship with me. Anchoring friendship with you.
I picture Jesus at a table, just chilling with cup of coffee, inviting me in sometimes (like this afternoon before I wrote this blog post when I heard Him say just sit with me and drink some coffee and be real). He speaks what I needed to hear even when I don’t know I need to hear it. I love that about God. He provides what we need, when we need it and how we need it!
He invites you too. To be yourself. What needs to become real, honest and open before God for you? Grab a journal or a cup of coffee and talk to Him about it.
Take this verse and let it sink deep. This is your true identity, Christ’s friend. Use this truth to usher your mind into the truth of who God says you are.
As always, feel free to send along your realizations, reflections, ponderings, questions, prayers and thoughts. I love to hear your story!
Grace and peace,