“No longer do I call you servants…; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.”

—John 15:15

Friendship is so very important in life. Even if you have just a few friends, you are blessed beyond measure.

But did you know you can be a friend of God as well? Well, you can, and that’s what Jesus is telling the disciples, as well as you and me, in today’s verse. 

So if you can be a friend of God, what kind of friend are you to him?

Are you an intimate friend of Jesus or are you just a casual acquaintance? Is Jesus just the kind of friend that you see every now and then, or do you really know him?

If you and I are going to experience true friendship with God, we must be responsive to him. James put it this way when he said, “Draw near to God and he will draw near to you…” (James 4:8).

Today, if God seems a long way away, if he seems like a distant deity, here is what you need to do. Draw near to God today by reading his Word… and you will find him welcoming you and receiving you as his friend.

DRAW NEAR TO GOD AND HE WILL DRAW NEAR TO YOU… (JAMES 4:8).