How Real Is God To You?
There is a great tragedy in the Body of Christ today. Many Christians recognize their union in Christ, but have no communion with Him.
Union took place through simple faith and acceptance of the sacrifice Jesus made for you. You were united with God in Christ but the union alone is not the fulness of God’s plan. God longs for your fellowship. Communion develops during fellowship. Our time in fellowship, and our communion, with God, is what makes our union with Him vibrant and alive.
How real is He to you? Sadly, the reality is that God is no more real to many Christians than He is to unbelievers. These Christians have accepted the union, but denied God their communion.
Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. (Live in Me, and I will live in you.) Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me. (John 15:4 AMP)
The Wuest translation puts it this way:
Maintain a living communion with me, and I with you. Just as the branch is unable to be bearing fruit from itself as a source unless it remains in a living union with the vine, so neither you, unless you maintain a living communion with me.
Just as the branch on our rose bush at home draws its life-giving sap from its vital connection with the bush, you and I draw the river of God’s life through our intimate times of communion in His Word and prayer.
Beloved, the reason many Christians waver in their confidence in God is because they have denied themselves the precious privilege of fellowship and communion with the Father.
Maintain A Living Communion
Jesus then says in John 15:7-8:
If you live in Me (abide vitally united to Me) and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you. When you bear (produce) much fruit, My Father is honored and glorified, and you show and prove yourselves to be true followers of Mine. (Amplified)
If you maintain a living communion with me and my words are at home in you, I command you to ask, at once, something for yourself, whatever your heart desires, and it will become yours. In this my Father is glorified, namely, that you are bearing much fruit. So shall you become my disciples. (Wuest)
God’s Word becoming fruitful in and through you is directly linked to the maintaining of a rich, living, continuous fellowship that develops real communion with God.
The richness of God’s life does not come from a once or twice a week, Sunday-morning, Wednesday evening experience. That won’t work any better than a married couple only expressing their love at predetermined times each week.
Believers have been given the great privilege and freedom to meet with God spontaneously. There we can pour out our love to Him and receive love from Him. This is communion and will create a powerful, growing, vibrant relationship that will be mutually beneficial to you and to Him.
The responsibility to abide, to remain, in communion developing fellowship with our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ, is ours and ours alone.
He has done all He is going to do. He made the way, opened the door, sent the invitation, and awaits your every appearance with anticipation.