Sunday, November 15, 2015

Are You Close to God?

1 John 2:28-29

Living as Children of God
28 And now, dear children, remain in fellowship with Christ so that when he returns, you will be full of courage and not shrink back from him in shame. 29 Since we know that Christ is righteous, we also know that all who do what is right are God’s children.

As John closes out this chapter, he wants the believers to know that they know that they know him with these words, "Remain in fellowship with him." As we have said the word "fellowship" is a word that means a close connection with God that only believers have with Christ. John knows as they remain in Jesus their lives will reflect that. John, the disciple whom Jesus loved, knew how important this friendship with Jesus was. He was one of the inner circle of Jesus' disciples, who Jesus poured His life into.

As we maintain this close fellowship with Jesus by abiding in Him and obeying His commandments (see John 15), we don't need to afraid of His return. It will be like seeing an old friend, not a distant acquaintance. Because of this close fellowship we maintain, we will not shrink back from him in shame when he returns. Remember in the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve had fellowship with God and lacked nothing. They were naked an unashamed. When they sinned, they were ashamed and his from God. in their guilt and shame they made leaves to cover themselves. They waited in fear for God to find them.

How would you describe your fellowship with God these days? Are you like Adam and Eve trying to cover up your sin and waiting fearfully for Him to find you out? Are you enjoying fellowship with God? God has done everything possible for us to enjoy fellowship with Him. He sent His Son Jesus. He sent the Holy Spirit. The only question is do we want have fellowship with Him? If we do, He has made Himself available 24/7!!

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