Jesus entered into a fellowship with us when we got saved. It’s the greatest honor of life. He is to be feared and believed. If we say we believe, let’s do it all the way. God goes all the way to be in fellowship with us. What an honor!
First John 1: 3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. 5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 2: 1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. 3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
When we were saved it was a blessing and when we consider it even today, all these years later, we should remember to thank him when we pray. Be thankful he dealt with our heart and showed us the shape we were in without him. He was willing to save us. Even on your worst day, count your blessings and start with the fact that God has saved you.
It’s a lonely life without Jesus Christ. We are never alone with him. I still have to say I don’t regret choosing Jesus Christ as Savior. There is no loneliness of the soul. We can miss our friends and family when they are gone or not around. We can be laid up sick at home and unable to come to church. The God who makes fellowship perfect is there. It’s a blessing to come to church and shake your hand. It’s because God first shook hands with our soul. Each of us, from different places and backgrounds, has been brought together by Jesus. Our spirits bear witness with God that we are his children. God is a God of fellowship. Through thick and thin, if we maintain our fellowship with God, it will show in how we treat others.
We can tell when we get out of fellowship with God. It affects our relationships. If families don’t talk to each other how long will relationships last? It takes work between husbands and wives and parents and children. It takes God to hold everything together. The same can happen in churches. If our fellowship gets cold we’re in trouble. Christian fellowship is greater than any other. Can we say God is not keeping up his end? Is his arm shortened? No. He reached way down for us and we can’t say he is drawing back. Don’t blame God if you distance yourself. The Bible says to draw nigh to him. How can we have fellowship with him if we don’t cling to him? He wants to help us and the only way is to abide in the shadow of the Almighty. Maintaining the fellowship is like walking. It’s an accumulation of steps. Every day is one step after another. In each of them, whether consciously or unconsciously, we need to monitor and maintain fellowship with God. Be aware of him. When I first got saved I took the scripture to pray without ceasing literally and wondered how in the world I was to do that. It’s not praying 24/7. Although we all need to pray more, it’s about being mindful of God. Even when busy with other things we can be tuned into God.
Esau sold his birthright for a bowl of beans. I like beans but I’d not sell my soul for them. The birthright was Esau’s but Jacob tricked his father and brother into getting it. Esau vowed to kill Jacob if he ever saw him again. Jacob ran but was on his way back home. He wrestled with someone all night one night. He wouldn’t give in. He didn’t realize he was wrestling with God. God wanted Jacob to trust him. When he realized he was wrestling with God he stopped but not before the muscle in his leg was affected. God changed his name from Jacob to Israel. The next day, upon meeting with Esau, he walked toward him with a limp. A wrestling match is what it took for Jacob to have fellowship with God and then his brother. Jacob bowed down to his brother seven times. Esau embraced him. Fellowship was restored between the brothers. God can fix everything!
Do our part: walk in the light, as he is in the light. Then we can we have fellowship one with another. If worked for Jacob and Esau. It worked in Apostle John’s day. It will work now. Stay close to God. Ask him to show you where you need to draw close to him. Remember this little saying to have that joy.
J Jesus first
O Others second
Y Yourself last