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Devoted to fellowship

A disciple

1 John 1:3  that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.

What’s the difference between social interaction with someone and fellowship with them?  The answer is spiritual.  Fellowship is a spiritual connection between people that goes far beyond the social aspect.  God is in the mix.

Those who seek after God’s will and truly want to follow after Christ as His disciples have to have a heart for discipleship.  You can’t love God without loving other people.  Our true fellowship is with God the Father through His Son because of His sacrificial atonement on the cross.  We’d have no way to God the Father if it weren’t for Jesus.  And our fellowship with God spills out into our relationships with other people.

Bottom line principle is that lack of fellowship with God equals a lack of true fellowship with people.  We have to be spiritually connected to the Lord in order to have any deep interaction with fellow people.  We have to put Him first and cultivate our relationship with Him or our other relationships will suffer.  Our character, our attitude, our love, all are affected by our fellowship (or lack thereof) with God.

The authority of God’s Word

A disciple

2 Timothy 3:16-17  All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

What directs the steps of a true follower of Christ?  To know God’s will, a disciple must know God.  And to know God, the disciple must read His Word.  But the way we view the Word has a huge impact on what we get from it.

If we simply view the Bible as stories, suggestions, or even as a rule book, we miss the full impact of God’s self-revelation to us.  But if we view it as the very words of God spoken to man, as inerrant, as infallible, as sufficient, we have everything to gain.

God’s Word is a lamp unto our feet, it directs our path.  When we seek God in the Scriptures, we find Him there.  He speaks to us from the pages, from the Word that’s living and active, hitting us right in the heart with His message.  A disciple loves God and so he/she loves God’s Word with a passion.  It’s our spiritual nourishment so we should feed on it every single day.

Study the Word

A disciple

Romans 12:2  Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

If you fully surrender your life to Christ, how do you know that what comes next is His will?  How can you even know His will?  What if you think God’s telling you to do something but you are wrong?  Step 1 – Start with the Word.

An essential truth for any believer, but especially new believers, is that God reveals Himself in His Word, the Bible.  There is, within the pages of Scripture, sufficient information about God.  We can know His character, His love, His plan for salvation, His power, and His glory.  Everything we need to know right now in this moment has been revealed through the God-inspired words of the Holy Bible.  Start there when you’re searching for truth or for direction.  Not sure what God would want you to do in a particular situation?  What does the Bible say of His character as it pertains to this?

Following God is not all about feelings or signs.  Knowing what God wants you to do is very much about knowing who God is.  He’ll never ask you to do anything that contradicts who He is.  He won’t ask you to sin, He won’t tell you to give into a temptation.  That would go against His nature.  But to know His nature you have to study His Word.

The Bible isn’t some rule book handed down from on high.  It isn’t a collection of fictitious stories.  It’s God’s story of redemption for mankind through Jesus Christ.  All of it.  Old Testament, New Testament, every word is part of the overall story.  We WANTS you to know Him.

How do you live for God?  Fully surrender to Him and constantly be transformed by the renewal of your mind.  By knowing God more and more.

Fully surrendered

A disciple

Romans 12:1  I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

What does God want from you more than anything?  Does He want your money?  Your time?  What is it that He’s after?  The answer can be summed up in one word, and you may not like it.  God wants YOU.  He wants all of you.

Some genuine Christians who have trusted in Christ as their Savior have never made the decision to surrender their lives to His lordship.  They have not turned over their lives to Him in complete abandon.  But this is what He calls every believer to.  He doesn’t expect us to receive salvation and then go on living our lives as usual.  No, a disciple is one who puts aside their own desires in exchanges for Christ’s.

But some will never do this because they think the cost is too high.  They think they’ll have to give up too much.  Maybe this is you.  Maybe you think handing over a blank check to God is terrifying because you don’t know what He’ll do.  You fear that surrender to His will means He’ll make you marry someone you don’t love or He’ll send you to Africa.  But the truth is, when you surrender, you gain His desires in your own heart.  You want what He wants.  It’s no longer about what you have to give up, but about what you gain.

Have you fully surrendered your life to God, Christian?  Are you a disciple or just a believer who thinks life is about your own happiness?  God doesn’t care for lukewarm Christians (Revelation 3:16), so we should all pay attention when He says to present ourselves as living sacrifices.  That means something…and it’s not optional.