Did you know God wants the pleasure of your company? That’s right. Jesus wants to fellowship with you.
In the same way we enjoy close friends, we can experience closeness with the Lord. As time with my friends refreshes me, walking with God sustains and restores me. In fact, apart from Him my life is barren—no joy, no love, no peace.
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me” (Jn. 15:4 ESV).
How to Walk in Close Fellowship with Jesus
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Walk in the Light
This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin” (1 Jn. 1:5-7 NLT).
Picture walking in inky darkness with a friend who is carrying a lantern. If you stay in the light, you stay in step with your friend. But if the light moves and you stay planted, or if you choose to blaze your own path, the moment you leave the light you also leave the company of your companion.
Walking in the light connects us to Jesus. Staying close to Jesus keeps us in His light. Let’s look at two light sources.
God’s Word Is a Lamp.
Your word is a lamp to my feet. And a light to my path” (Ps. 119:105 NASB/95).
How can a young person stay pure?
By obeying your word. …
I have hidden your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you” (Ps. 119:9, 11 NLT).
Trusting and obeying the Bible keeps us in the light of truth. As we practice its values and truths, the fog melts. The path becomes clear. And we experience the sweet fellowship of Jesus.
For example, the Bible may not name the person you are to marry or to work with, but it tells you the kind of people to avoid and the kind to be with (Pro. 13:20). We experience God’s pleasure when we follow His word.
Jesus Is the Light of the World.
Jesus said, ‘I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life’” (Jn. 8:12 NIV).
Walking in the light means staying close to Jesus. Whether we’re unburdening our hearts, sharing a laugh, or marveling at creation, we make a habit of including Him in our everyday routines. We talk to Him and include Him in all of our decisions, not just the big ones.
As we walk with Him we become more sensitive to His promptings. He nudges us to reach out and encourage someone, to pray for someone in need, and to see His work in and around us. We hear His whispers of reassurance and understanding.
This week practice the Lord’s presence when:
- you wake
- brush your teeth
- enjoy His creation
- recognize a specific blessing
- drive your car
- take a walk
- eat your meal
You get the idea. The more we delight in Jesus, the better we recognize His presence. Our eyes open to His special love notes throughout each day. A life shared with our best Friend is rich indeed.
If you’re not experiencing the closeness you long for with Jesus. Tell Him. Ask Him to help you walk in the light.
What helps you practice God’s presence in your everyday life?
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Little Faith, Big God dedicates a whole chapter to Enoch and how God pursues the pleasure of your company.