John 15:12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 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. 16 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. 17 This is my command: Love each other.
The “everything” of v15 was the primary word that caught my attention as I read. Then a simple word count of other key words in the passage became a sort-of-outline for me today; choose/chose , servant. , friends , Father , and finally, Love .
We love being “chosen.” We are blessed to be called a “servant” of Christ. It’s even better to be called a friend but it’s a humbling to realize that our determination, time commitment, intellect and choice to follow Christ are not the same as “everything.” A servant’s loyalty can mimic friendship but not necessarily be evidence of the shared intimacy of love.
You were “appointed”…so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last…” fruit based on a special love relationship. “You did not choose me, but I chose you” is a really important part of our personal relationship to Christ because it’s a really important part of the shared intimacy of love between Jesus and his Father. That relationship is the primary part of “everything” Jesus wants to share with you. “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”