Jesus connected friendship with imparting secrets. “I do not call you servants (slaves) any longer, for the servant does not know what the master is doing. But I have called you my friends, because I have made known to you everything I have heard from the Father” (John 15:15). Why? Because it is to a friend that one can confide secrets. Jesus did not say ‘brothers’ but ‘friends.’ The mystery of friends is one of clearest reflections of the love of God and perhaps one of the greatest ways to draw others to the Lord. There is a desire in every heart to have trusted friendships. So much so, that when friendships are viewed in others there is a tendency toward jealousy and envy of such treasured relationships from those who do not have them. Long-term friendships will bring people closer to Jesus in the profound and glorious mystery of the God of love being exhibited.
I am looking for those who want to share my bread and wine. From this wine and bread come fellowship of the Supper and in turn the fellowship and community of life with friends. I am a friend if I have someone to share my bread and wine with. My bread is the substance I have, what I have learned and experienced, what I carry within me and what I can share and give away. My wine is the revelation I have, what I have seen, heard and know, what I can pour out and serve to you. The highest level of this sharing is with friends. Others can partake and observe, but friends can consume it and be mutually blessed and fortified.
“You are my friends if you do what I command you.
No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.” Jesus