What’s in a Title?

What’s in a Title?

President. Manager. Doctor. CEO. Teacher. Director.

I recently led a devotion where I asked participants to name two professional titles they had held over the course of their careers. The professional titles were given in a matter-of-fact way that indicated little or no emotion or passion.

On the second time around, I asked the group to each name two personal titles.

Mom. Coach. Grandmother. Papa. Wife. Daddy.

The personal titles evoked a far different response. Faces lit up, smiles spread across each face as they reflected on the meaning of the word and the people connected to the relationship. It was amazing to see!

I continued by giving a quick review of Abraham’s life, beginning in Genesis 12. Did you know that three times in the Scriptures, Abraham is called God’s “friend?” (2 Chronicles 20:7, Isaiah 41:8 and James 2:23).

And the scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness," and he was called God's friend. James 2:23

Now that is a great title!

A Friend in Jesus

As a follower of Jesus, you are also God’s friend. In the Gospel of John, chapter 15, beginning at verse 12, we read:

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.

As a follower of Jesus, you are God's friend. Tweet This

In these verses, are some important truths about this friendship with Jesus.

1. In love, Jesus was willing to lay down His life for His friends. To love like Jesus is to be willing to do the same.

            2. We are to do what we are commanded

            3. God calls us to share in everything that the Father told Jesus.

I don’t know about you but I have to say that numbers 1 and 2 give me pause. I’d like to think that I would be willing to give my life for another, but it would have to be a really good friend with a really big need. I’m so different than Jesus. He was willing to give His life for the least of these (that’s us) to secure our salvation, our place in heaven and our relationship with Him. How great is that!

I find number 2 to be almost as difficult. It seems that my will and determination to do what I want often times puts me in direct conflict with God’s commands! When I was little, I thought there were only Ten Commandments – and then as I began to study the Bible, I realized that there are way more than ten. Every time a verse is written in the imperative tense it means we are to do it.

For example, Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.” Think is the imperative form of the verb and means that we are to do it!

This verse changed my life years ago as I began to realize that God meant for me to think about what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely and admirable about my situations. By practicing this, albeit slowly in the beginning, I began to change the way I thought about my situations. I saw new ways, true ways, lovely ways, noble ways to see my circumstances. God changed me as I learned to THINK about things in a new way.

God changed me as I learned to THINK about things in a new way. Tweet This

That’s one of the benefits of being God’s friend! He will change us into the image of His Son (Romans 8:29)!

What titles do you hold on to? Which titles make you smile? You know have a new title – YOU are God’s FRIEND!!!

Live into that title as you go and grow in each day.

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Karen McGuire

Karen McGuire came to Lead Like Jesus in February 2004 following the first Lead Like Jesus Celebration in Birmingham, Alabama, in November 2003, where she served as the volunteer coordinator. She comes with vast experience in local church ministry and denominational work and has been instrumental in the formation of several successful nonprofit ventures, including two churches, a seminary, a medical missions organization, and a welfare-to-work program. Karen served on several church staffs, held many volunteer positions in her local church, and is a Bible study teacher and seminar and retreat leader. She has one son and two young adult granddaughters.