This Daily Bread
devotional came out in today's paper, The Philippine Star
, which gave me a good chuckle before making me think about the message in the end:
You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. — John 15:14
The congregation listened intently as the pastor began to pray: "Dear heavenly Father . . . " Suddenly he was interrupted by a voice saying, "Hey there, good buddy!"
Everyone began to laugh when they realized the voice was coming from the organ. It was picking up the conversation of a truck driver on his CB radio! Not much was accomplished in the service that day, because the congregation continued to chuckle about the voice that made them think God was responding to their pastor and calling him His "good buddy."
Moses knew what it was like to be a friend of God — a relationship that went beyond buddies. The Lord often talked with Moses "face to face, as a man speaks to his friend" (Ex. 33:11). The patriarch Abraham was also called God’s friend (2 Chron. 20:7).
But can you and I be a friend of God? In our Bible reading for today, Jesus, the supreme example of loving friendship, called His disciples friends (John 15:13,15). He put it simply: "You are My friends if you do whatever I command you" (v. 14).
And what does He command? That we love Him with all our heart and love others as ourselves (Mark 12:30-31). That’s how we can be God’s friend. — Anne Cetas