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Advancing the Conversation of Jesus

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GOT A MINUTE?

How would you describe or define your relationship with Jesus? There are lots of metaphors that identify one’s relationship with Jesus and they are all reveal something unique about how Jesus wants to relate to you as one of his followers.

* Vine-Branches
* Head-Body
* High Priest-Believer Priest
* Master-Servant
* Potter-Clay
* Savior-Sinner
* Shepherd/Sheep
* Bride-Bridegroom

I like each of these, yet to camp out on any of these as your only focus can set a certain set of do’s and don’ts that may not be healthy and balanced.
Recently, I read a book by a very popular pastor of a mega-Church. He’s quite talented in how he expresses himself. I enjoyed the book, however toward the end of the book, he moved into a heavy emphasis upon being a bond-slave of Jesus. It was so strong that it seemed to me that in his mind, your strict obedience to Jesus as a bond-slave or bond-servant is his primary override on what it means to enjoy your salvation. Although I’ve pounded the pulpit with the bond-slave theme several times, I’ve come to understand a radical teaching of Jesus that has empowered me and set me free to enjoy my relationship with Jesus.

When Jesus had his early disciples in the last days of being with them, Jesus said something absolutely revolutionary! He said: I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me. You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. (John 15:13-16)

Are you getting this? Jesus wants to be your friend. Your friend! I just had not clearly seen this thought before. Sometimes I wonder if Paul ever pondered these words? I wonder if you’ve seen this before? Are you enjoying it?

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