…the centurion sent friends, saying to Him, “Lord, do not trouble Yourself further, for I am not worthy for You to come under my roof; for this reason I did not even consider myself worthy to come to You, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed. “For I, too, am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to this one, ‘Go!’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come!’ and he comes; and to my slave, ‘Do this!’ and he does it. Luke 2:6-8
I love what I learn from this centurion. I hope I am not beating this idea to death, but check this out.
- We are soldiers of the cross – our commander tells us “Go” and “Come.”
- We are servants of the Lord – our Master tells us “Do this”
- And, like the centurion, Jesus has 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. ~ John 15:14-15
As friends of Christ (now I am speaking to those who “do what He commands”) you are not just soldiers who obey commands or slaves who do as they are told, but you “know the Master’s business.”
We, as the friends of the Lord, are not robots, but in a sense, partners. We are working together to bring about the fulfillment of His purpose in those we rub shoulders with.
So we do as we are told like soldiers, we obey like bondservants - love slaves – only we have His heart. He shares with us the compassion that moves Him, and our heart is engaged. The closer we are – friends – sons & daughters – bride – wife – partner for life – the more we are moved by what moves Him.
Does He call you friend?