I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. (John 15:15–16 ESV)
We are friends of the omnipotent, sovereign Creator of all things. What a staggering statement! Jesus chose us to bear fruit, but we often times get it backwards. We want to tell people to go and bear fruit, but we neglect to point out that the fuel for the fruit is that He chose us and brings us in to a sustaining relationship with Him. Jesus chose us out of the world (verse 19), we are not friends with the world. We are not left on our own, the Spirit has come to remind us, sustain us, embolden us, and bear witness about Jesus (John 15:26). Jesus even said that it was to our advantage that he go away so the Spirit could come (John 16:7).