One of the most wonderful passages in the Bible regarding serving is John 15:15.

“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.”

Here Jesus proclaims that we are no longer just servants blindly doing menial tasks like a bunch of lemmings. Rather, because our union with Christ (see John15:1-14) he abides us so that we now know both God and his Word. Therefore we are called friends because we are brought into an actual loving relationship with God.

Our Identity as friends does not negate the fact that we are still to serve Christ and bring his Gospel to others. Instead it breathes new life, meaning, and passion to things we are given to do.

Our Identity in Christ Informs Our Service for Christ.