Let’s pick up where we left off last week.
1 John 1:5-7 states, This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you. That God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth but if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His son cleanses us from all sin.
Last week we looked at this verse. We said that if we stay in the light we will not be in darkness. I shared with you about my “bad attitude day”; and that when I chose the light of God’s word over my bad attitude, God was able to use me to pray for others. Today, I want to show you how that works.
The main word I want to point out to you today is the word fellowship. A lot of times we think of this word as simply meaning spending time with someone - going out to dinner with them or going to grab a cup coffee after work. But, this word has such a greater meaning to it than just hanging out with someone. Fellowship, according to the Greek meaning, is partner and partaker of. In other words, when you see this word in conjunction with God, it is saying that we are partnering up with God and partaking of all His benefits. So, let’s go back and look at the above verse, especially verse seven. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another. In other words, using what we just learned about the word fellowship, if we walk in the light, we are in partnership with God! We can partake of all His benefits. Praise God! We are in partnership with the creator of the universe! The one who said, “let there be light” and light was! It seems like a “no brainer”, but the catch is we must walk in the light. When we gossip about our neighbor, we walk out of the light, and we are no longer in partnership with God. When we murmur and complain, we walk out of the light and are no longer in partnership with God. That day, I was upset because of losing the ballgame. I had stepped out of the light and out of partnership with God. Am I still going to heaven? Yes! But, I am no longer able to work with God to accomplish His goal. His goal for me that day was to pray. The moment I recognized that I needed to get into the Word of God, God began to unveil His light to me, and I was able to move back into the light and hear God say, “Pray for the kicker.” I was back in partnership. I was back working with God.
Every day, we have to choose whether to walk in the light of God or to walk in the darkness. Trust me, Satan has devised a plan to keep you out of God’s light. He knows that if you figure out that you are in partnership with God and that you can get things done by walking in His light (His Word) Satan will detour you from it. Sometimes, it’s not even Satan! It is just everyday life and your flesh that will get you upset, angry, and walking out of love. Not you, Champion! You choose to stay in fellowship with God by walking in the light. Make the decision this week to stay in fellowship with God in every situation. Tell yourself, it’s not worth being out of partnership with God, and stay in the light.