A loving relationship
God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
1 Corinthians 1:9 (ESV)
Every believer in Jesus Christ has been called to fellowship. Exactly what is the fellowship to which we are called in Christ? It is the holy, loving relationship of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; a relationship of love that has existed from eternity and will continue forever!
The amazing truth is that all who believe in the Son have been called to participate in, or share in, that wonderful relationship. Christianity is all about a love relationship with God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit and also with fellow believers: ‘A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.’ (John 13:34).
The calling that believers have received is a heavenly or holy calling (2 Timothy 1:9). Now, if we know and believe that we have been given this special calling, then it is incumbent on us to take it seriously, making it the number one priority in our lives. For nothing is more important. To participate in the love and fellowship of the Son is an amazing blessing that cannot be taken for granted. As a matter of fact this special calling cannot be revoked or rescinded, ‘For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.’ (Romans 11:29).
There are many distractions in life that can so easily take our focus off Jesus and the calling the Father has given to us through the Spirit. But we are to resist these distractions and focus on what is really important to our spiritual well-being: participating in the fellowship of the Son.
God is faithful, which means that we can trust him implicitly, knowing that all his promises are fulfilled in Christ and find their ‘yes’ in him. It is through Jesus that we utter our Amen to God, through the Spirit, to the glory of the Father. And it is God ‘who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.’ (2 Corinthians 1:20-22).
Eternal Father, thank you for this wonderful calling, please enable me to take it seriously and keep my eyes and thoughts fixed on your beloved Son, in his name, Amen.
Study by Sherwin Scott
About the writer:
Sherwin Scott is a Deacon in the Lewes congregation of Grace Communion International.
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