Many people don’t regard God as someone whom we can have fellowship with. To some, the idea of that being possible may border on blasphemy. After all, He is the Creator of the heavens, the earth, and everything within them. How can the creature have fellowship with his Creator? The truth is, I would never suggest this idea on my own. But the Bible declares that we can have fellowship with God!
In John’s first epistle, he wrote the following: “That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that you also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ” (1 John 1:3). Let’s first define the word fellowship as used in this verse. It is derived from the Greek word koinonia (pronounced KOI-no-NEE-a), and it denotes that which is shared in common. The point is that we can have fellowship with someone only in the areas where we have common interests.
At times I find myself among a group of associates as they passionately discuss a current event about a particular sport that I have no interest in. As they get very emotional making their respective points I’m just there. They are having fellowship because they are discussing something in which they all have a common interest. Though I am among them, I am not experiencing fellowship. Similarly, many believers are that way with God. Because many or perhaps most of their interests differ from God’s, they experience little fellowship with God.
Remember that John the apostle who wrote the verse quoted above was one of the twelve who lived with Jesus during His public ministry. John makes it clear that he experienced fellowship with God and His Son, and furthermore, that he was sharing what he heard and saw while with Jesus to the intent that we might have similar fellowship. You see, one of the objectives of the Bible is to convey to us God’s interests. Then if we want to have or to increase our fellowship with God, we must bring our interests in line with His.
Let me give you couple of ways how our doing this will revolutionize our relationship with God. First of all, the more two people have in common, the more they like talking to each other. Communication flows freely when this is the case. Hence, the more we like the things God likes and the more we dislike the things He dislikes, as revealed in the Scriptures, the more intimate our prayer life will become. We will have lots to talk about and conversation will flow freely.
The other thing that happens is that the more God’s interests become ours, the more He interacts with them. What I am saying is that when we pray the heart of God to Him, He is all ears and He gets on board! Similarly, when our pursuits in life are driven by a desire to please God, He interacts with what we are doing. I am sure that when you pray and when you pursue your goals in life, you want God to participate. We can be assured that this will happen when our heart and His share common interests. That is the very essence of fellowship. So how are you and God these days?