You are My friends if you do whatever I command you” (John 15:14 NKJV)
Who are you? Do you really know who you are? The day you are able to answer this question correctly through His knowledge, then can you confidently begin the journey that God wants you to do in this life. The tragedy of life is for one to live it life outside the purpose of God.
Jesus in the Gospel according to John, calls us His friends, if we do whatever He commands us (John 15:14). We are no longer servants, because we have the knowledge of what He is doing. Our relationship with Jesus is one of friendship and not a master-servant relationship.
God is not a task master. He wants to communicate and open up His thoughts to us. He is eager to fellowship with us (Gen. 3:8). It is not enough to know the ways of God, without knowing His thoughts. For God’s thoughts are not our thoughts (Isa. 55:8).
But the critical questions are, do you truly believe that God is your friend? Do you believe that you have been set apart? Are you eager to know the thoughts of God?
The starting point is for you to recognize that you are a friend of God. This mind set cannot but change the way you live your life, because you would have developed a sense of confidence, knowing that God is watching you and His favour encompasses you as a shield (Ps. 5:12). Not being covetous (Heb. 13:5), knowing that God has also promised He would establish you.
A citizen of the Kingdom of God knows that God is his friend, and this entitles him to all the benefits available to citizens of the Kingdom pertaining to life and godliness, which can only be accessed through His knowledge (2 Peter 1:3). We must recognize and know our identity in Christ to enable us manifest the glory of God in whatever we do.
God is not only able but He is willing to keep not only us and all that concerns us. To succeed in this life, it has nothing to do with chance. We must recognize who we are in Him (1 Peter 2:9). It is God that qualifies the citizens of His Kingdom. God will only bless and reward those who diligently seek Him (Heb. 11:6).
We were not designed to succeed outside of Christ. God’s divine power has already been made available to us (Eph. 3:20). When we access His knowledge, only then will we know that God means what He has said concerning us. Remember, God is not a man that He would lie (Num. 23:19)