Joh 15:11 I have spoken these things to you so that my joy may be in you and your joy may reach its peak.
Joh 15:12 This is my command: Love one another just like I have loved you.
Joh 15:13 No one has greater love than this: to lay down his life for his friends.
Joh 15:14 You are my friends if you do what I command you.
Joh 15:15 I do not call you slaves anymore, because a slave doesn’t know what his master is doing. I have called you friends because I have made you aware of everything I have heard from my Father.
What the gospel mission entails
He’s still our master, but he does not call us slaves anymore. The reason our title has changed is that he has made us aware of the gospel mission. Christ’s gospel mission was to lay down his life for us out of love. Our gospel mission is to love others with the same sacrificial love – to love just like he loved. It may not mean we actually get executed for someone. But it may.
Lord, give us the courage to embrace all that your gospel mission entails.