The song many of us remember, popularized by James Taylor, reminds us of what a friend can be. Jesus talks about this in John 15.9-17. How are we friends with Jesus? And how do we demonstrate our friendship with him? We answer these questions in the message, which starts at 13:15. The service includes the Lord’s Supper. Our substitute musician called in sick today, so I was left to accompany all the singing. Sorry about that!
There is a young woman in St. Paul’s Church, Nobleton named Tessia who is learning to lead worship. The other day, she presented a reflection that I thought worthy of publication, and I share it with you with her permission.
Facebook. As a teenager, this is one of the many important aspects of your life that needs to be active and perfected. How do we do this, one may ask (who hasn’t spent their last few years in 21st century styles and trends)? Well, there are many different things that are put into perspective when trying to create a perfect Facebook profile as a teenager. What pictures do you put up? What groups, music, and celebrities should you like? What should you post on your wall? And of course, who are your friends?
Being friends on Facebook, in our world, doesn’t necessarily mean you’re close in everyday life; most of the time, it just means you know each other. I know people who have thousands of friends on Facebook but never have spoken a word to more than half. But even so, there are some people whom others would publicly proclaim as their friend, even in Facebook language.
‘But what if God had a Facebook page?’ I once asked myself. Who would ‘friend’ him? Maybe some wouldn’t because they weren’t very close to him; others wouldn’t want to show all their friends that they had a relationship with the Lord, and some wouldn’t want him to see all the things they posted on their wall that didn’t honour his Word.
One of the things that astounds me about our Saviour is that he gave us recognition and sacrifice even though we don’t always declare our friendship with him to others. Also, he didn’t die for our sins because we had an amazing relationship, either…he died because of his love for us, whether we pressed the CONFIRM button on the computer to his friend request or not. And what is also mind-blowing is that when we accept his friendship, he doesn’t hate us because of what we have done wrong, but loves us and forgives us as his children.
I’m glad Tessia is a friend of God. Are you?
“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” (John 15.15, NIV).