A few days ago we looked at the Apostle John’s call for Fellowship with the Father and Son to be the uniting force for our relationship with mankind. Literally, instead of “X marks the spot,” we are pushed towards the “Cross marks the spot.” It is where revelation meets relationship- Jesus Christ that information becomes application. Today John moves us a step closer to flourishing in the faith rather than “failing to thrive” by taking our relationships and providing them direction.
1 John 1:5-6- 4 And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. 5 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.
Light from street lights, to lit up business billboards, to the lights along the walking path leading into your house, or the red flashing light near the railroad crossing all serve the same purpose–Direction. John in his revealed wisdom makes it clear that it is not simply what you know that defines you, but how you live! Relationship with God begins with what you know, but it if stops there it is useless. The goal is fellowship through faithfulness!
In November, 1975, a group of 75 convicts starting coming together in a different kind of community. They decided that prison really didn’t work for them, didn’t live up to their expectations, and so they decided that instead of going over the fences they would dig under. Each night they worked the ground headed for the other side of Saltillo Prison in Northern Mexico. On April 18, 1976 after 6 months of planning and digging, they began to quietly celebrate as they got close enough to freedom to hear occasional footsteps and voices. Unfortunately, as they pushed through the final few feet they realized too late that they had gotten slightly off course in the beginning , breaking free into the nearby courtroom where most of them had originally been sentence. FAILING TO THRIVE!
They knew where they wanted to go but not how to get there. We find a lot of people seemingly are digging in the dark. You know people, I know people, we all have at times probably been the person, working in their own way towards some purpose or value in this life, some maybe by working 60 hour work weeks, shopping or sleeping around to find value. Instead of heading in that direction the Psalmist cried out for the light- “Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling! God answered the call in two ways: First, through the light of the world- Jesus Christ who lived our life, died our death, in order that we can live at all. Secondly, by providing direction through community—1 Corinthians–The body is a unity, though it is made up of many parts and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ! We are given a bedrock of truth and building a body of unity. Fellowship-Relationship with Purpose!