“God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:9, NASB) You and I have been called by God into fellowship with Jesus. What a staggering statement! Having fellowship with Jesus means that we can enjoy a close relationship with Him. It means that we share in His life, His light, His nature, and His glory. We cannot obtain this fellowship by our own means or our own goodness. It took God to call us into this relationship with His Son. He called us by His grace through the cross of Christ.
This truth—that we have fellowship with Jesus—should have a profound impact on our lives.
It should change the way that we think of ourselves. We know we are sinful people who fall well short of God’s holy standard. And yet, despite our weakness and struggles with sin, we have fellowship with Jesus. If we continue to walk in the light, that fellowship with Him continues unbroken. And because of our fellowship with Jesus, God looks at us with deep love and compassion, as a father looks upon his children. Because of our fellowship with Jesus, He will remember our sins no more. Because of our fellowship with Jesus, we can rightfully think of ourselves as right with God—and this changes everything! What joy and peace we can have, what freedom, what confidence we can have before God if we could just understand that we have fellowship with Him.
An understanding of our fellowship with Jesus should cause us to want to live for Him. It should cause us to gladly flee from sin. It should cause us to abhor what is evil and cling to what is good because we don’t want anything destroying that sweet fellowship.
An understanding of our fellowship with Jesus will show itself as an eagerness to maintain our fellowship with one another. Our fellowship with each other is a result of our fellowship with Him, and to willfully destroy fellowship with a brother or sister is to destroy our fellowship with Jesus. Therefore, I will never promote divisions, factions, loveless attitudes, or bitterness among the Lord’s people.
You have been called by God into fellowship with Jesus Christ! May this precious truth permeate every aspect of our lives!