Summer 2024

Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional: Thursday, September 17

“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.” — John 15:15

He Calls Us Friends

The key to having joy in the depths of one’s soul is based on the depth of friendship one has with Jesus. Friendships are invaluable to our souls, and for most, we don’t take the time to deeply develop them because we don’t make them a priority. In today’s culture, where the iPhone rules and social media seems to be consuming much of our time, we have forsaken the importance of human-to-human interaction.

Jesus shows us what true friendship looks like. He invested deeply into a few and taught them the ways of the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus stated in John 15:15 that His desire for us is intimacy and friendship. You can’t roll out of bed and just have deep meaningful friendship with Jesus or others. We must invest in the relationship.

I wake up every morning, go to my closet, read my Bible, and then bow before Jesus, my King, and commune with Him. A servant doesn’t get to be involved with the Master’s plans, but a friend does! True joy comes from time spent with Jesus, and through the Holy Spirit, He communes with us, revealing to those who ask, seek and knock what His plans are. I get my assignment each morning, then I go do it. I find no greater joy than to accomplish what He has set out for me to do.

How powerfully are you experiencing the joy of Christ?

— Brian Hommel, Arizona Diamondbacks chaplain

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