Eyewitness: This Way to Fellowship

“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.” (1 John 1:3)

John didn’t tell the story of what he’d seen – the story of Jesus – just to impress people because he was there. He wasn’t trying to increase his own status. He did it to invite people to join him and to be joined with God.

eye_350Here’s a lame metaphor: If God had a Facebook account, the only way to be his friend would be to become friends with Jesus. And John’s message as a close friend of Jesus was that everyone could become the Savior’s friend and be included in the family of God through faith in Jesus’ claim to be God’s Son and our only hope for salvation.

And once included in the friendship (or fellowship or “familyship”) of God we suddenly discover that we have fellowship with everyone else who has trusted in Christ’s death in their place for salvation. We have Christian friends – family – in every corner of the earth.

Think: What do you personally gain by being in fellowship with the Father, His Son, and all those who are truly Christians? How aware are you of being plugged into that network?

Pray: Thank God that you have fellowship with God and his people through faith in Jesus Christ.

Do: Next time you look at your Facebook account – if you have one – think about being included in the fellowship network of all of God’s “friends.” And then stop thinking about that, because it really is a lame metaphor. (Or is it an analogy? I can never keep those straight.)