There’s a mistake in the Bible reference for today’s Bible reading on page 170. The verse quoted is John 14:15-17 (NIV):
15 “If you love me, you will obey what I command. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you an-other Counselor to be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.”
The reference quoted is John 15:15-17 (NIV) – also the words of Jesus:
“I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit — fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 17 This is my command: Love each other.”
I didn’t discover this until after I had started working with the text. I get the idea that Jesus did not leave us alone and helpless; but has given His followers the Holy Spirit to renew their minds and transform or form them to be like Him (Jesus). But the John 15 passage also indicates a change in status. Those of us who follow Jesus and enabled by the Holy Spirit to see things as He does are no longer servants, we’re friends.
What does it mean to be a friend, associate, or partner with Jesus? He given us the family secrets and access to the family power that we might “bear fruit” or be productive in the family business. It means that we are more than consumers of God’s grace – we have a distribution franchise… but we’ve got to be connected to the power source and remember it’s the family business … Kingdom business.
Brandon doesn’t blog for Day 8.1; but I was reminder of a great Phillips, Craig, and Dean song that someone put picture to on Youtube: “I am a Friend of God”: