Friendship with God — John 15:15 [a practical, devotional study of scripture]

Excerpt from Devotional Sessions | Practical Spirituality

No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you (John 15:15, prompted from Devotional Sessions – Phil Rice).

Take some time in a quiet spot. Read through these words of Jesus. What are the implications of these words? What does it mean, practically, that Jesus is inviting his disciples to call him friend, not master?

Take some time and ask Holy Spirit how you have been approaching Jesus. If you need language to use, you can simply say, Holy Spirit, what does it mean for me to call Jesus my friend? Are there ways I have postured my heart toward Jesus in servitude instead of friendship? Acknowledge these ways in your heart and mind and tell Holy Spirit that they will not lead to the relationship the father has created you for. Ask him then, how best to relate to Father, Son, and Spirit. God, as your friend, what do you want to tell me? What do you want to share with me?

Write down anything that surfaces in your heart or mind and, if it feels helpful, reflect on these things over the coming weeks.

My personal engagement with this session [Friendship with God]

The implications of this passage are staggering to me. Jesus communicates that a shift has taken place. You were once my servants. Now, I am saying that you are my friends. I desire the intimacy of friendship with you. I am committed to that process. And now, as friends, anything that the father shares with me, I share these things with you as well.

An added note from Phil Rice

I hope you’ve benefited from this excerpt from Devotional Sessions | Practical Spirituality. Share this session with anyone you think would be impacted and don’t hesitate to leave questions or comments for our mutual benefit of continued conversation.

Thanks for journeying alongside,
Phil Rice



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