Fellowship

I John chapter 1 tells us that if we say we have fellowship with Jesus, but then we walk in darkness, we are liars.  Fellowship with Jesus, with the God of the Bible, is important if we are to have the joyous Christian life that God wants us to have.

There are many things that can break our fellowship with Him, but really, it’s only one thing; living in sin.  When the Holy Spirit convicts you of sin, and you ignore Him, when you sin anyway, you have broken fellowship with the Father.  Notice I didn’t say that you have lost your salvation; nothing can do that to you.  But breaking fellowship with God hurts you, and hurts Him.  He wants you to do right, and He wants to have sweet fellowship with you.  God knows the joy you are missing out on by living in sin and losing that day to day relationship with the Lord.

Even when you pray, if you have not confessed those sins and repented of them, your fellowship is still broken.  Sin is darkness, it is the darkness of this world.  As John says, if you walk like the world, and talk like the world, how can you also try to walk with God?  You can’t.  God cannot look on sin, and He cannot associate with sin.  God loves you, but He cannot walk with you while you have rejected Him.

As the old preachers used to say, God is a gentleman.  He will not force anyone to hang out with Him.  God lets you make that choice.  He may chastise you as a son, He may let you mess your own life up for a while, but He will not make you come back to Him.  Your choice is to put away your sin and come back to Him, or to stay in your dark sin, and forget how great it was with the Lord.

When we decide to stay in our sin, however, we are not just choosing to leave the fellowship of our heavenly Father, we are choosing to leave the fellowship of other Christians.  If you decide that sin is more important than Christ, how will you feel spending time at church?  Will you want the pastor or the evangelist pointing out your sin on a weekly basis?  Godly people start to notice that you aren’t acting like you should, and maybe they tell you that they notice.  Will you want to hang out with them?  Will you want to be around your family that tells you, in love, that you aren’t living right?

When you lose fellowship with God, you also lose fellowship with other Christians.  Like the prodigal son who left his father’s house to pursue his own wants and desires, without thought to advancing his father’s estate, we can get to the point where our own desires supersede those of our Lord.  But also like the prodigal, there will come a time where we find ourselves, spiritually speaking, looking longingly at the pig’s trough for a bite to eat.  It has been so long since we fed on the bread from the Master’s table, we don’t know what real spiritual food looks like.

And like the prodigal, we come to ourselves.  We remember the fellowship that was in the house of the Lord.  We remember our father, and all that He has done for us.  We have a choice to make: we can continue wallowing in the mud with the pigs, or we can turn around and go straight back to our Father’s house.  Not only will He accept us, but He will be waiting on the road, looking for our return.  And when we get home, there will be rejoicing in heaven, for a lost child has come back.

Don’t let sin and darkness destroy your fellowship with your heavenly Father.  Don’t let a love for the things of this world take you away from the love of Jesus.  He’ll never leave you, nor forsake you, but He can’t have fellowship with you.

And that would be a bad place to be.

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