Sunday, February 3, 2013

Telling Brings Fellowship by Rosemary Jensen

1 John 1:1-10

In 1 John 1:3-4 we see John eager to tell his friends and associates what he knows of Jesus - what he has "seen and heard".  It seems that he could hardly wait to tell them, because by telling them what he knew of Jesus he would promote fellowship with his friends.  True fellowship was what John wanted, and it is what we want too.  Fellowship is not just camaraderie; it is what two or more people experience when they have the same goals and desires, when they think alike and communicate in such a way as to actually enter into the others experience.

John wanted this kind of communication with his friends.  It was as if he was saying to them, "Let me tell you what I have seen and heard of Jesus Christ so that we may have the same mind about him, the same desire to know him better, the same experience of him."  Then he goes on to say that we will have this fellowship because we have fellowship with the same Father and the same Son, Jesus Christ.  We fellowship with God (the Father and the Son), and he brings us into fellowship because together we share his life.

Are you eager to declare to your family and friends what you have "seen and heard" of Jesus Christ so that you may enter into true fellowship with them?  Telling them about Jesus (and also listening to them tell you!) is the most fulfilling experience you can have with other human beings.  Exchanging the knowledge of Jesus Christ with others will bring you greater joy than you can imagine.  At least that's what John says in 1 John 1:4: "We write this to make our [and your] joy complete."  Telling brings fellowship and fellowship brings joy.

Talking with others about Jesus is always risky.  They may label you a fanatic.  You may risk turning them off.  But it is worth the risk, because it will bring that complete joy you desperately desire.

These are not my words but those of Rosemary Jensen. This was published in my Bible and I felt compelled to share it with others. It definitely rings true in my heart as I hope it does in yours.

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