Who is your best friend? What do you like to do together?
The Apostle John wrote several books of the New Testament. He wrote the Gospel of John, and he wrote the book of Revelation, and he wrote three little letters – 1 John, 2 John, and 3 John. Can you find 1 John in your Bible?
Here’s how 1 John begins:
1 John 1:1-4. That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— 2 the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— 3 that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4 And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.
John begins this letter to Christians by reminding them that they have “fellowship” with the Father and the Son (Jesus).
But what is “fellowship?” What does that word mean?
It means partnership and friendship. Have you ever had to work on a school project with your friend? Or may you built something together with your mom or your dad. That’s the kind of relationship we have with Jesus and the Father. We are partners. We are friends. We are family. We work together and care about others together.
Sometimes Christians think that the way to measure how good of a Christian you are you simply look at how often a person reads their Bible, or prays, or goes to church. But those thing don’t really prove too much by themselves. The real measure of a true Christian is do they fellowship with Jesus? Do they think about him, talk to him, share life with him, do what he does, work toward the same goa as him?
In other words, a true Christian has an actual relationship with Jesus. It may not be easy, and it may not always be pretty, but do you and Jesus hang out? Do you laugh, cry, argue, work, play, and grow together? That’s fellowship. That’s real life.
Because of Jesus we have fellowship with God.
With Jesus we can live all of our lives together with God.
DO SOMETHING TOGETHER
Is there a family project that you can work on together today or this week? That’s fellowship! Partnering and sharing a goal together. Talk about how Jesus wants us to share in his project of spreading his love to everyone through the message of the cross.
You have made a relationship with God possible? Thank you for inviting me to be your friend and partner.
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