Abraham is described in the Bible as “the friend of God” (James 2:23). This was perhaps the most intriguing title ever given to a created being.
The 19th Century biblical biographer, Alexander Whyte, describes the significance of the term, in the language of his time:
You may take sarza to open the liver, steel to open the spleen, flower of sulphur for the lungs, castoreum for the brain; but no [substance] opens the heart but a true friend ‑‑ a true friend to whom you may impart griefs, joys, fears, hopes, suspicions, counsels, and whatsoever lies upon the heart to oppress it. . .
The great office of a friend is to try our thoughts by the measure of his judgements; to task the wholesomeness of our designs and purposes by the feelings of his heart; to protect us from the solitary and selfish part of our nature; to speak to and to call out those finer and better parts of our nature which the customs of this world stifle; and to open up to us a career worthy of our powers.”
Larry Richards writes, “While friendship among humans may be expressed in table fellowship and neighborliness (Jn. 12:1‑8), friendship with God is expressed in commitment to Jesus and in a life lived by His Words.”
So, you too, have been invited to be a “friend of God”. That would make you highly privileged. That would make you blessed. Also, that would make you … a sinner.