22 May 2020, 16:27 // Jess Hughes

I hope you’re having a brilliant week and getting to enjoy the sunshine. I have relocated my working from home office to the garden, so that I can work on my tan and get my essential vitamin D intake of course!

Recently God has been speaking to me a lot about the word companionship. I felt him asking me, ‘do you know what it means to be in companionship with me?’. This concept of knowing Jesus as our friend is something we often talk about, but I’ve been struck by how lightly I take that sometimes.

When I consider my deepest friendships, I am reminded of the depth of the conversations we have. I will share the good news and moments to be celebrated, as well as talking about the challenging parts of life too. One of the things I love most about those friendships, is the ability I have to be completely myself; to laugh and be silly, to talk about far fetched dreams and how my friends choose to respond in a similar way.

Can you imagine friendship with Jesus being like this?

I was drawn to John 15 verse 15 from The Passion Translation, which says;

‘I have never called you ‘servants,’ because a master doesn’t confide in his servants, and servants don’t always understand what the master is doing. But I call you my most intimate friends, for I reveal to you everything that I’ve heard from my Father.’

Wow, Jesus calls us his most intimate friends. This is reality for us today. For me, I’m learning every day what it means to know Jesus as my friend and, to be honest, sometimes I think I must sound pretty silly. Yet the truth is Jesus wants to know us just as we know our best friends. So I encourage you this week to try and have those conversations with Him that you would usually have with your friends. Laugh with him, cry with him, be silly with him and share your dreams. When we begin thinking of Jesus as our friend, we will find that He speaks to us as a friend too.




Important Bible Email Update

Many of you will know we have been sending out these Bible emails for a number of years and we have decided the time has come to move to a different platform. We have seen a shift in how young people are engaging less with emails and increasingly accessing other forms of social media. With that in mind we are going to begin a weekly thought via our Instagram page beginning from 1st June.

We are aware this platform may not be ideal for everyone and does present different limitations however we believe using Instagram for sharing Bible thoughts is a brilliant opportunity to model good use of social media and is particularly impactful for youth engaging with our content. For those of you who do not yet have access to Instagram we would recommend getting your parents to follow us (@strustlife) and asking them to allow you to view our posts through their accounts.

We have been really thankful for the opportunity to engage with so many people through these Bible emails and we are equally thankful for new, creative ways to talk about Jesus together. We look forward to connecting with you on Instagram.