January 17, 2020 Spirit Meat Devotional :- CHRISTIANITY REQUIRES DAILY FELLOWSHIP OF THE RIGHT KIND – JOHN 15:1-4
There are different kinds of fellowship in the spirit. Hence, you must be careful that you do not join the wrong kind of fellowship. Christianity is a fellowship because it is a relationship and not a religion. You cannot have effective Christianity without a Living Saviour that is intensely involved with His followers.
In the Amplified Classic version of the Bible, paraphrasing verse 4 says, “…remain in vital union with me”. There is a legal union that takes place when you give your life to Christ and that legal union must become a legal transaction on a daily basis. Just like marriage has a legal side and a vital side, so also does your relationship with God. The strength of a marriage does not depend on the number of people that attended the wedding but on the strength of the fellowship between the husband and his wife. It is possible to be legally married and practically divorced and be living together as two strangers in the same house.
That is the picture of the Christian life of many people – they have a relationship that is legal with Jesus, but it is not a living relationship currently. This is a dangerous position to be. You must engage in a daily fellowship of the right kind. Do not stay on the same spot spiritually for several days.
Verse 4 of the passage suggests that abiding in the Lord is our responsibility and it entails fellowship with the Master. “I in you” is a direct subset of “Abide in me”. “To abide” means “to dwell”. This is the key to being a productive and fruitful Christian.
PRAYER: Lord, I pray for a renewed fellowship. Let there be a refreshing upon my worship altar in Jesus’ name. Amen!
BIBLE IN A YEAR: Genesis 35:1-36:43, Matthew 12:1-21, Psalm 15:1-5, Proverbs 3:21-26