Updated: Jun 30, 2021
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.”
As you are reading this, I hope everyone is enjoying a wonderful Christmas morning with your families. This is such a special time of the year for everyone to have a chance to gather with their family and friends.
This Hits Home
Recently during our cohort's life plan presentation, one of the guys in our group brought up something about friends that really hit home with me. This individual mentioned that all his friends were Christians, but he couldn’t name any friends of his that weren’t strong Christians.
Needed Questions to Ask
In MD5 we learn that we are a reflection of our 5 closest friends, and would probably all agree that we need to surround ourselves with other Christian men. However, are we exerting effort to make friends with men that are not as strong in their faith as we are?
When was the last time that you reached out to an individual that God brought into your life?
Are you taking steps to show an interest in the people that you interact with on a daily basis?
Or perhaps taking an interest in the person that served you a $5 cup of caffeine this morning?
People generally love to tell you their story, all you have to do is ask.
A Great Example
“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. 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. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other.”
John 15:12-17 commands us to love each other and points out that Jesus has called us friends. All of us! He is our most true friend that we will ever have!
What a great example for us to be a friend by taking interest in other people's lives.
Jon Ross Henderson