Fellowship and Relationship

31  What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? 32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

Romans 8:32-33

 Fellowship is defined as “companionship; friendliness.” Relationship is defined as “a connection between persons by blood; the state of being related.” There is a difference in fellowship and relationship. We may use the two interchangeably, but there is a difference.

A person may not fellowship with one or both of their parents, or a parent may not fellowship with a child. They may not ever call them or visit with them. They may not even spend holidays with them. But a relationship exists. Regardless of what happens, or doesn’t happen in life, the fact that a child was born of two parents results in a parent-child blood relationship that can never be erased. Nothing can ever change that fact.

When we are born again in Jesus Christ, we enter into a very special relationship with God. The question becomes, do we fellowship with God?

We can try to ignore God. We can avoid talking to Him. We can stop worshipping Him. We can choose not to spend any time with God. We can decide not to be in fellowship with God.

But if that is the path we have chosen, that doesn’t mean the relationship to God goes away. He offers us every opportunity to come back into fellowship with Him. Why? Because of the love He has for us as our heavenly Father.

We are born as one of God’s children. When we accept Jesus Christ into our life, we enter into a deeper, special relationship with God. And that will never change. That relationship is a blood relationship as well, for Jesus shed His blood on the cross to reconcile us to our heavenly Father.

One more thing. When we break fellowship with our earthly parents, the pain and bitterness that usually develops can be so deep, that forgiveness is hard to come by.

That’s where God is different. Regardless of what we have done or where we have been, God is calling us back into fellowship with Him because of the relationship with Him. He is willing to forgive us if we will simply confess our sin, repent of our past wrong-doings, and come back to Him. He doesn’t hold a grudge. He loves us unconditionally. He waits for our return, just like the father waited for the prodigal son.

So if your fellowship with God has been lacking, or even non-existent, it is never too late to come home. God is waiting, but it’s your choice. Your relationship with God has been paid for on the cross. So what are you waiting for?

© 2016 Charles A. Kalkomey

March 19, 2016