The Connection Between Obedience and Fellowship

but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him (1 John 2:5 ESV).

van Noort - Still Life with Fish
Still Life with Fish – Pieter van Noort, ca. 1648-1672. [Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam]
A fish cannot swim without water.  Natural laws point to spiritual law. Newton’s Third Law of Motion, for example, explains the movement of fish in the water and birds in the air: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. We use this law to propel rockets in space. There is a connection between the force applied in one direction and the movement of the rocket in the opposite direction. The natural world shows us the reality of connections; there is no organism or ecosystem which is not connected to all the rest.

There is a connection between fellowship with God and obedience to God’s word. When we disobey God, we lose our sense of closeness or fellowship with him. When we know we are walking in God’s will, we have a sense of his presence in our lives. When the love of God fills our heart, we will keep God’s word. There is a connection between these two things. The Holy Spirit will not abide in a heart that is full of sin; it must be cleansed and it must be kept clean by obedience to Christ. God does not change, so when there is no fellowship with him, you must return to him by keeping his word. There is a connection between fellowship and obedience, and the longer you pursue sin, the less your fellowship with the Lord will be.

Today, watch your steps carefully and see that everything you do agrees with God’s word. Let nothing come between you and your fellowship with Christ. Sin is deceptive and it will give you pleasure for a moment, but it will take away your joy in the Lord. Ask the Lord to guard your heart and mind today with his peace (Philippians 4:7). Remember to pray and to read the Bible – these are important to growing your fellowship with the Lord. Without them, you are like a fish out of water.

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