Christ Calls Us HIS Friends
“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his 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 to go and bear fruit- fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. This is my command: Love each other.” John 15: 12-17
“Love each other.” That is THE command that Jesus gives us. He doesn’t tell us to go to Church or tithe or even read the bible. Pretty amazing huh? Because those are the main things most Pastors tell folks to do every Sunday morning. Seriously, the three main things that the modern traditional “church” tells us to do, are not at all the FOCUS of what Jesus Himself would have us do.
Now I know that BEING in fellowship with other Christ followers is a needed thing, but there is a huge difference between GOING to a building for a service, sitting and listening passively to a Pastor, instead of BEING together in active relationship with other believers with totally open and free ministry and sharing. Tithing? Not even a New Testament requirement, but reading the bible can be an awesome thing if you allow the Holy Spirit to guide you through it. Because without the Spirit’s illumination it is just dead letter that leads us to bondage and legalism.
However, according to Jesus, LOVING one another is the main thing. This fact is confirmed in First Corinthians chapter 13. “The Greatest of these is love.” In fact LOVE is the most excellent way we can choose to interact with others. LOVE is HUGE and we need to surrender to walking in it each moment of our lives. We need always to be effecting the lives of others in a positive manner with His deep and sincere Love.
However, there is another HUGE thing in this passage that is often overlooked or misrepresented by traditional “church” leaders. Here it is: Jesus calls us HIS friends. We are no longer servants or subordinates to Jesus, we are His friends. This suggests that Jesus considers us as peers and fellow workers in His Fathers master plan. Jesus is still the King of Kings, but He stoops to our level and bestows upon us the honor of being His friends. This fact totally blows away the hierarchical form of government used by the traditional “church” and the world system. Jesus does not consider us to be UNDER Him in the way that Pastors consider members of their “church” to be UNDER them. This makes total sense because even the Holy Spirit, the paraclete, is the one called ALONGSIDE us. Any “church” that has its members serving UNDER a Pastor or other human Leader is wrong. So if you are sitting UNDER the ministry of any human leader… I suggest you get out and find mutual fellowship with others who are friends of Jesus. I bow down to Jesus and submit to Him because I want to, not because He requires it. He gives us free will and does not make us follow Him or His ways in this life.
That my friends is a HUGE revelation. There should be no pecking order of any kind in the church because we are all His friends voluntarily submitting to Him and one another. That’s right ALL submission in the church should be totally voluntary. There is one Lord and we are to call no one Pastor or Teacher according to Jesus. When we are all sisters and brothers submitting to one another there is no need for ranks, titles or positions whatsoever in the church. This sets us totally free to simply love one another as He commands. Everyone is important and everyone is a minister unto God and others as He sees fit. WE are all called to be free and directly serve Him and each other in this manner. LOVE wins when all things are mutual and without hierarchy in the Body of Christ.
Love and …..
Kirk Out !
p.s. All I am doing is sharing what is on my heart and mind and I want to honor Jesus by sharing my portion of the truth in love. I am not attempting to judge those who find themselves within a traditional “church” system right now. I just know that we are ALL called to be free of Babylon, that confusing place where truth is mixed with the system. However, I also know that all things must happen in HIS timing and not ours. Grace, peace and love to you all.