The Five Minute Friday prompt this week is … Define. You can click at the bottom of this post to get to Kate Motaung’s site and read all that has been shared on this word.
Over the course of my days, I have been defined by many adjectives … baby, daughter, sister, classmate, student, co-worker, girlfriend, wife, in-law, mom, Mimi … to just name a few.
Some labels have been worn proudly. Others, not even listed, I would prefer to forget.
The word ‘define’ as defined by dictionary.com means “to state or set forth the meaning of ; to describe”.
As I sat looking at those very words, it hits deeply that only God can state or set forth the meaning of our lives. He has called us, loved us, chosen us, adopted us, purchased us, and identified us as his own (read Ephesians, chapter 1 for proof of all this).
Christ defines us as His friends when we love and obey Him:
“You are my friends if you do what I command. 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 …” (John 15:14-16a, NLT)
Jesus Himself defines us as His friends. Both Abraham and Moses were also called friends of God. This is the highest, and most meaningful, relationship possible between Jesus and His people. Jesus chose His friends.
He has chosen us. Appointed us. May our lives produce lasting fruit.
May we define ourselves in exactly the same way He has defined us –
as His friends.