Sunday, I was blessed to share the Word at First Met, The Place Where You Belong! The message, No Member Left Behind, addressing the powerful Words of Jesus to His disciples, “…I have called you friend…..everything I have learned….I have made known to you.”
In this passage, Jesus gives the disciples the title “friend,” a title that gains much appreciation in context of the text. First, we issue the title “friend” too soon, and use it very loosely. I found it powerful that Jesus walks with them 3 years, allowing them to get to know him, pressing through tense times, disagreements, disappointments, and disbelief, knowing that their relationships would be challenged in the future publicly and privately; is able to opens His mouth and title them FRIEND. This title was given with much thought, not from one evening and or having one piece of common ground. Calling us brother and sister is done with full knowledge of the past and an even fuller knowledge of the future.
Furthermore, Jesus encountered them on one level and spent time pouring into the disciples and maturing them. He says that He has taught them everything He has learned. This is where the title is drawn from. Jesus refuses to take His knowledge and wisdom to the grave. He unloads and imparts into them determined not just to see them on His level (as though that is possible) he gives them knowledge, trains them, and the leaves with them the power to achieve what He tells them will be greater things. He cares about them so much, that He provides them with with instructions to accompany the wisdom and knowledge.
As believers, we must take this attitude towards each other. The love that we have is to be shared with each other as Christ shared it to us. He distributed it equally, making sure that each friend was filled and fulfilled. We too have something to offer to each other. Being members of one body, our job is to serve one another distributing what God as given us to all, that none might go lacking. He did it for us, let us commit to doing it for others.