Devotional Thought 71: The Father’s Heart (Fellowship)

This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

(John 17:3)

Jesus travels to Tyre and Sidon, where He encounters a Gentile Canaanite woman. She begs Him to heal her demon-possessed daughter, and Jesus completely ignores her. Even the disciples vouch for her, urging Jesus to help this poor woman. Jesus explains to them that His priority is to the people of Israel. She begs for help again. Man, this doesn’t seem like Jesus at all! He says that it would be like taking the children’s food at giving it to the pets, but the woman says that He doesn’t need to neglect His priority to Israel by giving her the crumbs from the table! Astounded by her faith, Jesus reveals that He was simply giving her some resistance in order to test her, and heals her daughter with a simple word. Jesus heads to the Sea of Galilee, still in Gentile territory, where He heals a bunch of people from all sorts of suffering. He’s moved with compassion for the crowd, so He multiplies some fish and bread to feed them!

God deeply desires fellowship! He is a relational, personal Being of infinite Love. Before He created anything, He had perfect community in Himself: the Father, Son and Spirit all in unison as one God (John 1:1). When He created the universe, He tops it all off by fashioning creatures like Him, little beings with the ability to choose and love freely (Genesis 1:26-28). He did this because He wanted genuine relationship with them, not a forced one. After the world fell into sin, God chose the family of Abraham (Israel) to be the vessel through which He would restore His blessing and fellowship with the world (Genesis 12)! Through Jesus Christ, the Seed of Abraham, God has fulfilled that promise: He has made a way for us to be reconciled to God by His own death and resurrection (2 Corinthians 5:19-21)! The time has come for all people everywhere to know and love Him through Christ (Acts 1:8)! Our Father wants an unbroken, loving relationship with us; He wants deep fellowship with His children.

What blocks that kind of powerful fellowship with God? Sin. Not only does God desire to walk with us, but He’s willing to do whatever it takes to remove anything that keeps us from Him! For example, God was willing to bring the fire of His judgment as a crucible on Israel, purifying them and leaving a holy remnant that would enjoy His tangible Presence and Glory (Isaiah 4:2-6). Like any good parent, our Father won’t hesitate to do what He must in order to have us with Him! When we sin, the fellowship we have with Him is broken, which is why He’s so eager to forgive us if we’re honest with Him and repent (1 John 1:9)! And not only that, He disciplines those He loves in order to produce His righteousness in us (Hebrews 12:11). What good parent doesn’t love being around their kids? The Father loves when we run to Him, look to Him for protection, sit on His lap and adore Him, etc.

  • Our Abba Father passionately desires to be in communion with us! The very essence of eternal life is fellowship with Him, and it’s through that intimate fellowship that we find all we need and more for life! It’s a beautiful thing to have open and honest communication with God in your everyday life, sensing His very near presence and love. When you mess up and sin, run to Him and lay it all out in the open. He’ll wipe your slate clean faster than you can imagine, as if nothing happened! I don’t about you, but I really need that kind of love, joy and peace in my life.

God did this so that they would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from any one of us.

(Acts 17:27)

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