Day 1

Fellowship with God

from the 1, 2 & 3 John reading plan


1 John 1:1-10, Numbers 14:18-19, Matthew 28:18-20, John 1:1-5

BY Raechel Myers

Ever doubt your salvation?

I think I’ve got it right, but what if I’m wrong?
I know the gospel story, but do I really understand it?
I believe Jesus was who He said He was, but what does it mean for my life today?

If you and I are asking these questions now, imagine how early Christendom must have wrestled with the newness of the gospel message—a message that stood contrary to any attempt to earn salvation through the accumulation of knowledge and wisdom.

John wrote three relatively short letters to assure the world then, and us now, that salvation is from God: the gospel is true. John’s Gospel is the historical, theological record of Christ’s life on earth, and his letters are the pastoral communication of the significance of Christ’s life. They build on what we already know. John begins by using four words we honestly need to hear from him:

Heard. Seen. Observed. Touched.

We need to hear them because they are sensory, tangible. They communicate real events that were physically witnessed by many, including John himself. In short, they are “proofs” of the gospel.

You see, John was actually there for the Sermon on the Mount. He was there to hear Jesus’s own voice tell the parable of the prodigal son, and declare, “Before Abraham was, I Am” (John 8:58). John could still remember the sting of Christ’s rebuke about who should sit at His side in the coming kingdom. And “Here is your mother,” are words John would likely never forget hearing Jesus breathe out to him from the cross (John 19:27). John watched Jesus walk across the Sea of Galilee, and he was on the scene to partake in the institution of the Lord’s Supper.

Heard. Seen. Observed. Touched.

John begins by assuring us that his Gospel account (the book of John) is true. Then, he invites us down a path of holy concern to examine whether the message of the gospel has actually changed our lives.

Do you say you have fellowship with Christ, but walk in darkness? Or do you have real, in-the-light fellowship with the Savior of the world?

Do you say you have no sin? Or do you actively confess your sin, believing Christ is able and sufficient to cleanse you and bring you into the light?

Do you fear the light? Prefer the darkness? Or do you live a life that combats darkness, seeking and shining?

These aren’t rhetorical questions. Let’s actually take some time today—real time—to ask ourselves and the Lord if we are actively struggling with darkness. The struggle itself is not sin. Ask any seasoned believer and they will testify to this truth: the Lord is always working in our hearts to bring light (Philippians 1:6). As long as we are on earth, there will always be darkness to drive out. And as long as we have breath in our lungs, the process of sanctification will be present. If we are not actively struggling with darkness, it isn’t because there is no darkness in our lives. It is because that darkness has become comfortable. The Christian life—the life of salvation through the gospel of Christ Jesus—is a life that will constantly battle the darkness until Perfection comes.

John’s letters are written to assure us of our faith. But like any excellent pastor, he writes both to comfort the afflicted, and to afflict the comfortable. He delivers the healing balm of the gospel message, but that message calls for an ongoing death to self that is anything but comfortable (1Peter 2:24).

Are you comfortable today, when perhaps there is darkness in and around you that you need to see? Let the Word of God bring about holy affliction, a conviction of sin and complacency that draws you closer to Him.

Lord, afflict us with your Truth, that we may be comforted. Shine light in our dark places. Let us never stop pursuing holiness.

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168 thoughts on "Fellowship with God"

  1. Kirsten Bailey says:

    As a black woman in this world today, I have to be honest, it has been extremely hard to not be comfortable in the darkness. With everything going on, it feels better to be angry, it’s more comfortable to hate those that hate my skin color, it’s natural to be frustrated and downright mad.

    But this should never be a place of comfort for any believer. Our comfort and refuge should always be the cross. Holiness is not always comfortable. In fact, true holiness is going to hurt. It’s literally an internal war within, fighting the flesh every single day. But even in that, we should always find rest in that internal and external battle to find God’s light and share it. It’s easier said than done when you have the sins and evils of this world sitting right in your face. But that’s, even more, a reason to feed ourselves with the Word of God, go to God in prayer, and surround ourselves with like-minded believers who can pour into us and reaffirm us with the Gospel to keep pressing on.

    This reading convicted me and encouraged me, which is what I needed to keep pursuing the light. To keep pursuing true holiness.

  2. Mary Ellen Brence says:

    This is so good in this season. It has been an extremely difficult time in our nation. As a black female, I have spent many of the last weeks in a multitude of emotions, but I keep coming back to hope. Racism is one of the primary ways Satan is dividing the children of God. May the Lord so strongly show us all our iniquities and help us clearly see our own shortcomings, have grace for ourself and others, and love everyone above all else.

  3. Alexis Donaldson says:

    I believe that what we believe in can seem contrary to the wisdom and knowledge of the world of GOD. This is a blessing to know because I feel the tension rising from my spirit once I settle in on that information, and it makes me understand to become comfortable with myself and others. I believe that we as people should always believe in the contrary when dealing with doubtful thoughts of what we believe in, or for example when we know something is right and the world will tell you that you are wrong. BELIEVE IN THE CONTRARY! I will never give up on that.

  4. Tammy Baartman says:

    I came to this reading from a place of desperation and darkness. I’ve been raised in a Christian home and have known Jesus all me life. I accepted him as my personal Savior many, many years ago. I’ve had times in my life where is was living in the light and too many times I have lived in darkness. I shed many tears over these passages today and the words of this devotional have pierced me to my core! I have lived not-so-comforting darkness for a long time now. Jesus has been using this quarantine to convince me of this. I reached the end of myself yesterday and when I did, Jesus was there. In all his glory and grace, he was there! May my every breath bring him praise for his sanctifying work in me. Though it is hard, it is worth it to being glory to God!

    1. Jessica Martens says:

      ❤️

  5. MsDominique TheHairprincess says:

    We have to truly be about that life! I’m talking about the Christian life! We can’t say that we know God, but are not following His commands, that’s walking in hypocrisy, sin (darkness). I’ve struggled with this my whole life, and I’m trying my beat to get this thing called the Christian life right. I’m not perfect, nor is anyone else, but I am supposed to be striving towards the perfection that Christ has for me in eternity.

    God, please help us see us. Please convict us and let us know when we are dimming our light. We as Christians should be walking in the fullness of You and walking in the light so that our light may shine to all the world!

    We are the salt of the world, but if our salt has lost its savor, what use can it be?

  6. Makaelah Clarke says:

    Even in this season, I am encouraged to be the light. Thank you Jesus for carrying me through time and time again

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