November 30, 2014

1 John 1:6-7 If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

I am in real trouble when someone asks what my “favorite” book, chapter, or verse in the Bible is, because there are so many. It would be impossible to overstate the wealth, the value of the Bible! That said, I certainly love this little passage. It is sad that so many people fit the description in verse 6, claiming they are Christians yet not living like it, walking in darkness no differently than their non-Christian neighbors. That’s why it’s so refreshing to see people like the Duggars and the Robertsons living out their faith very publicly. They are not perfect but their commitment is real, and since they are in the limelight, they take the opportunity and proclaim Christ. That’s why they come under such attack and face such hatred, really. By demonstrating the truth, they make falsehood very obvious. They have been labeled “extreme” by many, when from a Biblical standpoint they should be the norm! The thing is, the average man on the street has no idea of the value of real fellowship with his Creator, and so he doesn’t work toward it. It actually is very obvious, when you think about it. Since we are all very limited, in even more ways than we are aware of, isn’t the best course to have as much fellowship as possible with the infinite, absolutely unlimited God who created us, especially since He desires it? The parent/child relationship is certainly applicable. Any good parent is delighted to have real fellowship with their children and is hurt when those children reject such fellowship. Rejecting fellowship doesn’t make them cease to be children, but it does cut them off from some of the benefits of being children. I think many people fail to seek fellowship with God because they haven’t had good fellowship with their physical parents, so they don’t have a framework for understanding what is possible. God desires to heal those wounds, but we need to make the choice to “come for treatment,” so to speak.

I obviously could write on this a long time! I was blessed with parents who loved God and had good fellowship with Him. To be honest, my father didn’t prioritize fellowship with his children sufficiently, but the relationship was not bad even so. I likewise have not been a perfect parent, certainly, but I have tasted real fellowship with my heavenly Father, and my heart’s cry is that my children, both physical and spiritual, would do likewise. David put it like this: “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.” (Psalm 34:8) David spoke of “taking refuge in” God, but fellowship is much more than just when you’re in trouble. Too often, God has to allow trouble to cause us to turn to Him! I know from experience and from the Word that the more closely I walk with Him the less trouble I will experience, and the less the things I experience will seem like trouble. Jesus assured us that in this world we would have trouble, but when we are walking in fellowship with Him, we walk in His victory. (John 16:33) It’s no surprise that the apostle who recorded those words wrote this letter!

Father, thank You for the incredible privilege of fellowship with You by Your Holy Spirit through Jesus Christ Your Son. I am bombarded with temptations and distractions from that fellowship. Help me be fully submitted to You so that I may stand firm against every trick of the devil, walking in Your light indeed, for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!


About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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