What an honor to be the friend of a king, to have access to his presence at any time, and enjoy unlimited fellowship with him! Such a person would be the envy of his peers. Apostle John reminds us we have someone more important than a king. "Our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ"-- fellowshipping with God the Creator! (I John 1:3).
I. What is Fellowship?
1 It is togetherness, companionship, friendship, a bonding one with another. David said, "How pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in harmony" (Ps.133:1).
2. Fellowship is mutual sharing of love, joy, interests, concerns, burdens, problems. "A friend loveth at all times" (Prov.17:17).
3. It is sought after because it brings a person acceptance, happiness, comfort, support, relief, and dispels loneliness.
II. God introduced fellowship.
1. God created Adam in His "own image" (Gen. 1:26) -- not as an animal of the field, but a being in God's "likeness," to have meaningful and intelligent fellowship with mankind (vs.27).
2. He later created Eve for Adam, so they could have fellowship with each other. He said, "It is not good that man should be alone, I will make him a help meet" (Gen, 2:18).
3. God often came to the couple to fellowship with them (Gen. 3:8).
III. God seeks fellowship with us.
1. The Creator initiates the approach. He comes knocking at our door. "Behold, I stand at the door and knock" (Rev. 3:20). Can you imagine that? If we hear His voice and open our hearts, He promised, "I will come in."
2. Jesus made it clear: "You have not chosen me, I have chosen you" (Jn.15:16, 19). Paul reminds us, "You were called unto the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ" (1 Cor. 1:9). "The Father seeks such..." (Jn. 4:23). God told Moses, "I will meet with thee and will commune with thee" (Ex.25:22).
3. How foolish, to ignore God's attempt to fellowship with us. David, wisely stated, "It is good for me to draw near to God" (Ps. 73:28)
IV. Benefits of fellowshiping with God
1. Life. "Seek me and live" (Amos 5:4). Living without God is not life, it is but a pitiful existence. At first, Adam was just "dust," made of earth's elements, but lifeless untill God entered him by breathing into his form. Then, Adam became a "living soul" (Gen.2:1). "Life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth" (Lk.12:15). Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life" (Jn.14:6). Paul declared, "For me to live -- is Christ" (Phil. 1:21).
2. Protection and comfort. "I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me" (Ps.23:4). "If God be for us, who can be against us?" (Rom.8:31). "Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me" (Ps.23:4).
3. Confidence in difficult times. In spite of Peter's and John's being unlearned men, the Sanhedrin was amazed at their defense and boldness. They recognized, "that they had been with Jesus" (Acts 4:13).
4. Joy and happiness. When the two from Emmaus found out that the "Stranger" who walked with them was Jesus, they recalled, "Did not our hearts burn within us while He talked with us?" (Lk.24:32). "In Thy presence is fullness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore" (Ps.16:11).
5. Needs are supplied. "If ye abide in me...ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you" (Jn. 15:7). "He careth for you" (1 Pet.5:7).
6. Assurance. "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever" (Ps. 23:6). If we fellowship with God, He assure us of eternity with Him.(Jn.14:3)
V. How to fellowship with God.
1 Be aware of God's keen desire to have fellowship with us. "With desire have I desired to eat this Passover with you" (Lk. 22;15) That's why He died for us, paid the penalty for our sin -- so we could be with Him forever (Rom.5:8). "We see Jesus...bringing many sons into glory...who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross" (Heb.2:10;12:2).
2. We must come to Him as we are, with no pretense. "Come unto Me all..." (Mt.11:28)..."in spirit and in truth,"-- with a sincere desire from deep within us, and in all honesty (Jn.4:23).
3. Make this fellowship permanent, "without ceasing" (1 Thes.5:17). Daily, let us eagerly listen for the voice of His Holy Spirit -- via His Word, and let Him daily hear our voice -- via prayer, thanksgiving and adoring worship.
4. Blessed are they who are in constant fellowship with God, for they "will abide in the house of the Lord for ever" (Ps. 23:6).