Jesus’ favorite disciple was sitting next to him at the meal.
(John 13:23 CEV)
Jesus chose twelve disciples, but only three chose to be close to Him–Peter, James and John. Still, only John came to be known as Jesus’ “favorite disciple.” Of course, Jesus loved all of His disciples, but as J. Oswald Sanders notes, “If Jesus loved John more, it was because John loved Him more.” One of my favourite Scriptures shows how we become special to God. “Now if you will obey me and keep my covenant, you will be my own special treasure from among all the peoples on earth” (Exodus 19:5 NLT). When you love and obey God, you become special to Him.
God loves us all but it takes more to become His special child.