John 15:15-16 “I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide.”
As Christians, it is good to remind ourselves often of the things Jesus said about us. For example, it is a wonderful truth of Scripture that Jesus calls those who follow Him His friends. As a friend of Christ, we share our lives with Him. He is always with us, He helps us all the time, He listens to us, and He gives us guidance – all things that good friends do for one another. And above all else, He loves us – no matter what. He rejoices when we rejoice and weeps when we weep, for He is one who is “touched with the feelings of our infirmities (Hebrews 4:15).” He knows what we feel in each and every situation of life, for He has been there. As a man, he was tempted/tested in every way that we are and having a friend who knows how we feel, who can empathize with us, is a precious thing.
But unlike our other friends, Jesus is the all-powerful, all-knowing God of the universe, and His presence in our lives gives us certainty that we will never be forsaken, and that we will always be provided with everything we need to face any situation in life. No other person has this ability, for all of us, including our very best friends, have many weaknesses and limitations. There is no other friend like Jesus.
Yet, in spite of these glorious realities about our Savior, we are reminded in the verses above that we did not choose him – rather He chose us. Not one person who knows the awesome reality of knowing Christ can claim that they looked at what or who was available to them and decided that “Yes, I choose Jesus as my friend, for that is the best thing for me.” Rather, we didn’t want Him in our lives. We wanted to do our own thing in our own way. We wanted to do what we do, think what we think, and say what we say, and we didn’t want this Jesus infringing on those choices in any way – or at best, we just had no knowledge of Him; perhaps we were simply ignorant and didn’t even know he existed.
Nevertheless, he chose to reach out to us in some way or other. He chose us in spite of our ignorance, unbelief, sin, and resistance to be His friend. Who does something like this? Who cares to even try to love those who reject them? Yet this is the love of our greatest Friend.
Are you a friend of Jesus? He may be reaching out to you at this very moment. Will you love this One Who first loved you (I John 4:19), or will you continue to resist the greatest Love the world has ever known?