Daily Fellowship With God
By Andrew Murray
“Our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ” (1 John 1:3).
The first and chief need of our Christian life is fellowship with God. The divine life within us comes from God and is entirely dependent upon Him. As I need every moment afresh the air to breathe, as the sun every moment afresh sends down its light, so it is only in direct living communication with God that my soul can be strong.
The manna of one day was corrupt when the next day came. I must every day have fresh grace from heaven, and I obtain it only in direct waiting upon God Himself. Begin each day by tarrying before God and letting Him touch you.
Bow Quietly before God
To this end, let your first act in your devotions be a setting yourself before God. In prayer or worship, everything depends upon God taking the chief place. I must bow quietly before Him in humble faith and adoration. God is. God is near. God is love, longing to communicate Himself to me. God, the Almighty One, who worketh all in all, is even now waiting to work in you, and make Himself known.
When you have given God His place of honor, glory and power, take your place of deepest lowliness, and seek to be filled with the Spirit of humility. As a creature it is your blessedness to be nothing that God may be all in you. As a sinner you are not worthy to look up to God; bow in self-abasement. As a saint let God’s love overwhelm you, and bear you still lower down. Sink down before Him in humility, meekness, patience and surrender to His goodness and mercy. He will exalt you.
Take Your Place in Christ
Then accept and value your place in Christ Jesus. God delights in His beloved Son, and can be satisfied with nothing less in those who draw nigh to Him. Enter deep into God’s holy presence in the boldness which the blood gives, and in the assurance that in Christ you are most well-pleasing. In Christ you are within the veil. You have access into the very heart and love of the Father. This is the great object of fellowship with God, that I may have more of God in my life and that God may see Christ formed in me.
This Christ is a living Person. He loves you with a personal love, and He looks every day for the personal response of your love. Look into His face with trust, till His love really shines into your heart. Make His heart glad by telling Him you do love Him. He offers Himself to you as a personal Saviour and keeper from the power of sin. Do not ask, “Can I be kept from sinning if I keep close to Him?” but ask, “Can I be kept from sinning if He keeps close to me?” and you will see at once how safe it is to trust Him.
We have not only Christ’s life in us as a power, and His presence with us as a Person, but we have His likeness to be wrought into us. He is to be formed in us, so that His form or figure, His likeness, can be seen in us. Bow before God until you get some sense of the greatness and blessedness of the work to be carried on by God in you this day. Say to God, “Father, here am I for Thee to give as much in me of Christ’s likeness as I can receive.” And wait to hear Him say, “My child, I give thee as much of Christ as thy heart is open to receive.” The God who revealed Jesus in the flesh and perfected Him will reveal Him in thee and perfect thee in Him. The Father loves the Son, and delights to work out His image and likeness in thee. Count upon it that this blessed work will be done in thee as thou waitest on thy God and holdest fellowship with Him.
The likeness to Christ consists chiefly in two things: the likeness of His death and of His resurrection (Rom. 6:5). The death of Christ was the consummation of His humiliation and obedience, the entire giving up of His life to God. In Him we are dead to sin. As we sink down in humility and in dependence, and entire yieldedness to God, the power of Christ’s death works in us, and we are made conformable to it; and we know Him in the power of His resurrection, in the victory over sin, and in all the joy and power of the risen life. Therefore, every morning present “yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead” (Rom. 6:13). He will maintain the life He gave and bestow the grace to live as risen ones.
By the Power of the Holy Spirit
All this can be only in the power of the Holy Spirit who dwells in you. Count upon Him to glorify Christ in you. Count upon Christ to increase in you the inflowing of His Spirit. As you wait before God to realize His presence, remember that the Spirit is in you to reveal the things of God. Seek in God’s presence to have the anointing of the Spirit of Christ so truly that your whole life may every moment be spiritual.
As you meditate on this wondrous salvation and seek full fellowship with the great and holy God, and wait on Him to reveal Christ in you, you will feel how needful the giving up of all is to receive Him. Seek grace to know what it means to live as wholly for God as Christ did. Only the Holy Spirit Himself can teach you what an entire yielding of the whole life to God can mean. Wait on God to show you in this what you do not know. Let every approach to God and every request for fellowship with Him be accomplished by a new, very definite and entire yielding to Him to work in you.
Here, as through all Scripture and all the spiritual life, faith must be the keynote. As you tarry before God, let it be in a deep, quiet faith in Him, the Invisible One, who is near, so holy, so mighty, so loving; in a deep, restful faith too, that all the blessings and powers of the heavenly life are around you and in you. Just yield yourself in the faith of a perfect trust to the ever blessed Holy Trinity to work out all God’s purpose in you. Begin each day thus in fellowship with God, and God will be all in all to you.
“Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Eph. 5:19-20).