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sexta-feira, 20 de março de 2015
FRIENDS OR EMPLOYEES?
You are my friends if you do what I command.
I no longer call you servants.
John 15:14-15a (read 15:9-17) - NIV
Amazing! Jesus calls us friends! It's hard to be a
friend of Jesus. It would be much easier to be employed by him. As an employee,
I would have a fixed schedule with weekends off, holidays, vacations, health
benefits and a retirement plan. In my spare time I could forget the boss and
look after my own interests. Another advantage would be to have well-defined
functions. The “Jesus Company” would have its norms and rules of procedure.
There would be a manual to be studied and consulted to answer doubts. My
responsibility would be to be a good employee and do everything according to
the standards set by the employer. Compliance with the system and improvement
in performance of functions could bring promotions. I could be promoted and become
the head of a department and have others under my authority. I could convey the
boss's orders to my subordinates and train new employees. It would be cool to
be employee of Jesus! I would not need to be creative or improvise. It would be
enough just to obey orders.
A part of being a friend of Jesus is great. Friendship
has no rules or time schedule. It is a spontaneous thing, based on love. Loving
Jesus is easy! He is very kind. I know I am much loved by Him. So it is easy to
love him back.
But there is another thing that he puts in the middle of
it all that complicates things. These are the words: "Love each
other as I have loved you." That spoils everything!!! Some
people are unpleasant and downright disrespectful. Others say they love Jesus
but are obnoxious and do not like me. There are those of whom I do not approve.
There are many who are not friends of Jesus and do not even claim to be. Also,
there billions who use other labels such as: Spiritualist, Jewish, Muslim,
Hindu, Buddhist, atheist, agnostic, etc. How can I love those people?
I think it well that Jesus accepts and loves me
despite my flaws. I know I'm not perfect. Deep down, I'm not bad. But having
friendship with Jesus and including all those others? That’s asking a lot! It
would be much easier just to be his Company employee and follow orders. That
way I could put aside those people who disturb and disrupt things. I could
dutifully take care of the Company affairs and leave loving the world to Jesus.
Obedience requires less than love. It is easier to
replace love with a set of rules of a closed system with well-defined
standards. Organized religions have many commandments to guide their followers
on the way of salvation.
Jesus has a unique commandment: to love
God with all our strength and our neighbor as ourselves. That does not
leave anyone out and is creative. It breaks down barriers and opens paths.
The lack of love has created a world full of barriers
that have been erected even in the name of God. Laws create obstacles, but love
conquers them. Maybe we create obstacles because we are afraid of those who are
different from us.
Being a friend of Jesus and live His love is dangerous
and requires courage. It makes us vulnerable, subject to suffering. On the
other hand, this friendship transforms life into an adventure of faith. It pays
to take the risks and walk with Jesus in the world!
John 15:9-17 – New International Version (NIV)
As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.
If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my
Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy
may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 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.