Called To Fellowship
1 Corinthians 1:9 (ESV) — God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
A lot of people go to college and join fraternities and sororities. These organizations are often known for partying, but they actually have a purpose beyond that. Each organization has ties to community involvement in different causes. They are tied to national charities as their network spreads across the country to different colleges. But the biggest benefit of a fraternity or a sorority is the friendships and connections it fosters between its members. The person going to college where they barely know anybody can join a fraternity or sorority and have instant relationships.
The gospel fosters the same thing, except the gospel ushers us into relationship with Christ, the Son of God who created the universe (John 1:3). Our passage today outlines this idea with clarity. Paul writes to the church in Corinth, “God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” God calls us through faith and trust in Jesus’ finished work into fellowship with Jesus. Jesus not only makes provision for us through his sacrificial death on the cross for our sins, but he becomes the goal of our faith. It is relationship with Christ that provides us our greatest joy and satisfaction.
This fellowship with Christ is enjoyed by every believer.; at least it is offered to every believer. So many settle for less than enjoyment of this relationship and prefer to settle for religious activity and practices. But communion with Christ is available to us. Fellowship with him is the heart of the Christian life. We can enjoy this fellowship through reading Scripture, praying, participating in the life of the church, through worship, and many other means. But these means are not ends in themselves, they are vehicles for taking us into the presence of Christ. We are called to fellowship.
Prioritize your schedule and life to ensure you are participating in this fellowship with Jesus.
Reflection & Journal:
- What does communion with Christ imply?
- Why do Christians so often neglect communion with Jesus and settle for activity instead?
- How do believers participate in communion with Christ? What are those daily practices?
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