Fellowship and Joy

John Koedyker

Read: 1 John 1:3-4

That which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us . . . And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. (vv. 3-4)

Back in my college days a friend gave me some advice he had received from his youth pastor. This friend had just broken up with his girlfriend and was feeling very low. When he went home one weekend, he shared his sadness with this man he had grown to trust. In exasperation he blurted out, “Why did this happen to me? Things were going so well. What am I supposed to do now?” At the center of what the youth pastor said were these words: “God has your best interests at heart. He will guide you into what is best for you.”

I thought that was a terrific answer. It was so good that I have often used it in conversations with people who are who are struggling with disappointments.

God has your best interests at heart, too! He wants the best for you. As John begins this letter, he reminds his readers of that. The reason why it’s important to put Christ and the gospel first in our lives is so we can have fellowship with each other and God. And on top of that, he wants us to be happy, which is why Jesus said: “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full” (John 15:11). —John Koedyker

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the joy you put in our lives. Amen.