1 John 1:3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
A yoke was an instrument used to help two animals work together when plowing. The Lord Jesus said that believers should take His yoke upon them (Matthew 11:29). In other words, the Lord was saying that we should serve with Him in our service to Him. In 1 Corinthians 3:9, we learn that “we are labourers together with God.” Fellowshipping with the Lord means walking with Him (1 John 1:6-7), and walking with Him means being in agreement with Him (Amos 3:3). Just as God desired to fellowship with Adam (Genesis 3:8) and Enoch (Genesis 5:22), He desires to have fellowship with us today. It is very important that we have fellowship with other like-minded believers, but even more important that we fellowship with the Lord.
- (For children):The Lord made everything (Nehemiah 9:6) simply by speaking things into existence (Hebrews 11:3). He knows all about us, even to the number of hairs on our head. The Lord said men ought “always to pray,” and Paul said to “pray without ceasing.” It’s wonderful that the Lord wants us to talk to Him (1 Peter 3:12).
- (For everyone):Why would God desire to fellowship with His creation? Is fellowship more beneficial to the Lord or to us? What does this say about the personality of the Lord?
- What areas of our lives should be based upon fellowship with the Lord? What are some areas in which we can know Him better by fellowship (hint: see Philippians 3:10)?
- Ask the Lord to help you walk with Him.
- Ask God to show you the importance of fellowshipping with Him.
Quotes from the next volume
(VOLUME 3, WEEK 14)
Subject: Envy (con’t)
Merciful moments might be displayed during times of anger and wrath, but envy will continue to relentlessly pursue its victim without mercy.
As the fame of Paul’s message increased, so did the opposition from the religious leaders of his day. Because of the success of the gospel, many of the Jews were filled with envy and began contradicting and blaspheming Paul’s message.
The Bible often speaks of sin as a thing of the past as it pertains to believers. This is not because believers never sin, but the goal of every believer should be to depart from and avoid the sins which controlled his life prior to salvation.