Think of your best friend. How long have you been friends? How did you meet? Maybe you don’t remember. Maybe you have ‘always been friends’. What if they are far away? Are you still friends? Of course, you are. What this means is that friendship takes place and lives in another plane, another sphere . The connection between friends lives in another space.
If love is the ultimate relationship, then all kinds of love are important. Friendship is a common relationship but friends are more important than we think. Family is important, too, but friendships are a different matter entirely. You choose your friends or maybe your friends choose you.
Friendship is beyond us. It is beyond our understanding although it is not beyond our appreciation. Like all love, it is invisible yet powerful like gravity. You feel it but you don’t know what it is exactly.
Why is this important? Because it shows us that humans are different: they can love. They have the possibility to love much. This mysterious ability takes place in another dimension. We are more than we appear to be. How is it we can love? It is because we are made for more. We are like royalty who lost their country and can’t go back. Their country changed and royal people are no longer needed there.
We are of royal blood, too. Our first parents were king and queen of the earth. But they gave up their thrones and became common folk. How? They fired their wise advisor and benefactor. “We can take it from here, sir.”
Their advisor had some parting words, “It won’t be like it was.” And it wasn’t. And it isn’t. But all is not lost. We must go forward rather than backward. There is a friendship that is higher. It is a friendship with God. We lost that relationship with God, that friendship. But it wasn’t God who de-friended us. He wants us back in a friendly relationship with him. “I don’t call you servants any longer. I call you my friends. A servants doesn’t know his master’s business. But you do. I’ve explained everything to you.” These are the words of Jesus.
He wanted a relationship of co-operation and friendship with people. He wanted to take fear out of the relationship. Don’t worry about the future; he said they all had places secured by God his Father. It is kind of funny. The one we call Lord never lorded it over his friends. He only accepted them as willing associates with him in his work. Then he calls them friends. He expected them to continue his good work.
There is another aspect of friendship. I hope you can follow this. Your friends may die before you do. This is sad, I know. But you will see them again as they are. If fact, when you die, they will be saying to God, “Oh, we must have this person here with us.” They mean you. If they are friends with God, they speak up on your behalf. Now you also need to be a friend of Jesus, sure, but imagine their happiness and yours when you meet again.
Friendships need never end. They can go on forever.