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Devotional Thought : John 15:14-15

August 12, 2008

“You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because servants do not know their master’s business.” John 15:14-15.

It’s a remarkable position God puts us in, no longer servants but friends. Elsewhere we find we’re no longer orphans but God’s children. The writer to the Hebrews explains, “Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters” (Hebrews 2:11). We’re not only God’s friends but Jesus’ brothers and sisters by divine intervention. Not by anything we have achieved but rather because God has chosen to make us holy. Therefore, we’re in God’s family alongside Jesus who is also holy not because God made him holy but because he always has been. Earlier we read, “On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you” (John 14:20). God places us in this privileged position.

From this position God wants us to know his “business.” Jesus tells us “everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” Some days we may think we haven’t a clue as to what God is doing. However, we do know God’s long term plans. We know God’s purpose is to bring people into a closer relationship with Him. We know God’s purpose in sending Jesus was “to destroy the devil’s work” (1 John 3:8). We know God is working towards a culmination where everyone will acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord (Philippians 1:11).

While we may not know the day to day details of God’s plans, we can trust him because we know the end result.

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

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