Mar. 1 - People of Presence - Fellowship with God
Spring is fast on its way and many of us may be thinking about the new beginnings that come along with that. It’s a truly beautiful thing to witness trees blossoming, flowers blooming, and baby animals being born, but on Sunday Greg took to Scripture to share a different kind of beginning with us.
The Bible shows us our eternal beginning in John 1:1-2 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.
Genesis 1:1 reveals the beginning of our current creation. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
But it was once our relationship with Christ began that we see our relational beginning. This is the relationship that really matters.
1 John 1:1-4 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete.
The author talks about a very intimate relationship he shared with Jesus, experiencing Him through sight, sound, and touch. Since we weren’t there physically at Christ’s beginning, how can we also experience Him so intimately?
Jesus came to show us what a life looks like in fellowship with God. As you observe the life of Jesus, you will see a continual dependence upon the life of the Father. Jesus said, "The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work," (John 14:10).
He is continually reminding people that He says only what the Father is saying through him. He simply looked to God and trusted God to be working through Him. In doing this he expressed exactly the mind of God. This new way of living and of reacting to situations in dependence upon God will lead us to more intimate fellowship with our Creator. This fellowship with God will lead us to fellowship with others like this:
What is the result of true fellowship? It is fullness in joy, an abiding sense of optimism, and cheerfulness based on our beginning with God, as we see in 1John:3-4: We proclaim to you what we ourselves have actually seen and heard so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that you may fully share our joy.
When we are not present in a relationship with God, we are not making ourselves available to Him. Our relationship with Christ should be what unites us and brings us into fellowship with other believers. If you find yourself longing for deeper fellowship with Him, tell Him, “My time, my treasure, and my abilities are yours.” Christ wants this fellowship so our joy can be complete.