Fellowship with the Lord
“God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:9 NIV)
The story is told of a father and his little daughter, who had a special relationship with one another. Every day the little girl would take a walk hand in hand with her daddy, and tell him all about her day, about the things she needed to do, and about anything that made her happy or sad. One day, to the father’s dismay, he noticed that his daughter disappeared as soon as he came home. The next day, she did the same thing; and the day after that. No longer did they take their precious walks together, and this made the father sad.
This went on for some time until, finally, it was Christmastime. As the family gathered under the tree on Christmas Day, the child came running out with a colorful scarf that she had knitted for her daddy. She said, “Daddy, Daddy! This is the reason why I was so busy these last few weeks. I wanted to make something special for you, and I wanted it to be a surprise! Are you happy, Daddy?” The father, with tears in his eyes, said to his young daughter, “I love and appreciate your gift. But more than the scarf, I love you! I don’t want anything you can offer me. I want to spend time with you!”
That is how it is with the Lord. He doesn’t want our sacrifices and our labor for him if it means that we’re too busy to have fellowship with him. He doesn’t want our gifts; he wants us! The Bible says that we love him because he first loved us, so that even our love for the Lord is prompted by his love for us in the first place.
If we have had a lapse in our time of fellowship with the Lord, we can begin to spend time with him again, starting today. Not only does it mean so much to the Lord, but it is also for our own good… after all, we were created to have fellowship with God! That fellowship was broken when sin entered the world; but thank God, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who paid the penalty for our sins, we who have repented of our sins and have accepted Christ’s atonement for our sins on the cross, now have restored relationship with our heavenly Father.
Let’s show our love for the Lord by spending time in communion with him, in prayer and in his Word.
Read 1 Corinthians 1:1-9.