Sometime in the last fourteen years, I attached the nickname of Buddy to my son. Soon our entire family and friends began addressing him with this same nickname. A constant prankster, my son loves to turn a phrase into a quirky and unexpected application or create an outrageous situation, like stuffing four basketballs into the net, and he can’t wait to show me what he has done! Laughing when I see his latest hijinks, I always look at him and jocularly question, “What kind of buddy are you?”
“Dad! I’m YOUR Buddy!”
A warm hug completes the bonding, repeating at least once a day!
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.
John 15:15 (ESV)
My son and I are buddies. When we read the Bible together, he knows that Jesus Christ is his friend and buddy, and I was initially concerned that he may see Jesus like he sees his own father, replete with warts and faults. In a quiet moment together, I once asked him, “You know Jesus is your Buddy, right?” My son enthusiastically nodded. “Who else is Jesus?” Clearly and emphatically he stated, “Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior.”
By God’s grace and mercy, my son knows who Jesus Christ is. I am thankful that flesh and blood did not reveal this to him, but God in Heaven. He is my son’s buddy, a friend, Lord, and Savior.
What does He mean to you?
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.