Can you guess what the highest title is that any human being can achieve in this life? I’ll give you a clue: it has nothing with accomplishment or achievement on the job. In fact, it is not a title that can be awarded by any man or group of men.
The scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. (James 2:23)
Did you know that, in all of sacred Scripture, only Abraham is referred to as a friend of God? Yes, we read that God spoke to Moses “as a man speaks to his friend” (Exodus 33:11), but only Abraham is actually called God’s friend.
And yet you may have more in common with Abraham than you think! Jesus said something quite remarkable when He told His disciples that they were no longer slaves or servants; they were now His friends:
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 have called you friends. (John 15:13-15)
That is your truth today if you are, by grace through faith, in Christ. Have you transferred your trust to Jesus Christ as your only hope for eternal salvation? If your answer is YES, then Jesus calls you His friend!
Now that is a word of eternal encouragement! Now, we all must remember what it really means to be a friend. Being a friend is not simply being someone’s “acquaintance.” Friendship speaks of an intimate, personal, loving relationship. And that is your relationship with the Creator and Sustainer of the universe; Jesus calls you His friend!
How does that make you feel? How does that speak into your life right now, today, right where this finds you? Regardless of what you are facing—in your personal life, your professional life, your academic life, your relationships—Jesus counts you as His friend, and that should give you a peace that passes all understanding.
Notice that the Scriptures say, “Abraham believed God,” which is the key that unlocks the doorway leading to friendship with God. We must believe God, not just believe in God. James sternly warned, “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that — and shudder” (James 2:19). It’s not enough to believe in God; we must believe God and take Him at His word. We must trust Him even when we cannot trace Him. We must be willing to follow God wherever He leads us, especially when He is taking us in a direction we don’t necessarily want to go.
Remember, friendship with Jesus goes both ways. He is your friend and you are His friend. He did not bring you this far to leave you where you are today. What He began in you He will one day bring to completion.
Be encouraged! Be inspired! Be strengthened by knowing that your friendship with God can never be broken. You have the highest title anyone could ever have! Let that truth set you free.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!