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.

Post Comments (197)

197 thoughts on "Fellowship with God"

  1. Nichole LeBlanc says:

    Thank you Jesus

  2. Tracie Merkel says:

    I think I’ve lived enough darkness to not know where the line should be drawn

  3. Heidi V says:

    Lord, thank you for always helping me fight the darkness and for showing me that there is light even in the midst of darkness because of Christ.

  4. Kristin Clark says:

    Comfortable with the darkness… yikes!

  5. Suzanne Wiley says:

    Lord, help me be comfortable with prayer and confession, never comfortable with darkness and sin.

  6. Katherine Santulli says:

    Lord, help me to see the darkness in my heart, and transform if to light.

  7. Allisia Mata says:

    Totally agree. It’s been a thought on my mind lately, am I consistently asking God to search my heart and mind and know me? Am I asking him to seek out the darkness and reveal it to me? Rather I think I’m used to being taught by tragedy or extreme circumstances instead of actively seeking to find the places where darkness resides in my life. Am I willing to let myself be corrected on purpose?

  8. Mandy Tracy says:

    I love what Rachel says about, ‘as long as we’re on earth there will always be darkness to drive out and a sanctification process present,’ loose paraphrase. It feels like realizing that takes away all the pressure to try and be perfect or justify any darkness in our lives. The more we can become comfortable with confessing our sin, the more room Jesus can work in making us more like him.

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