2Co 4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
2Co 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
2Co 4:18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
2Co 4:16 That is why we never give up. Our physical body is becoming older and weaker, but our spirit inside us is made new every day.
2Co 4:17 We have small troubles for a while now, but these troubles are helping us gain an eternal glory. That eternal glory is much greater than our troubles.
2Co 4:18 So we think about what we cannot see, not what we see. What we see lasts only a short time, and what we cannot see will last forever.
All followers of Jesus, young or old, have to learn the necessity of fellowship with Jesus. I imagine right now you thinking about like I used to when I heard this. Wondering silently, how do we fellowship with Jesus? Well, first we have to understand what fellowship is. What it means. So we have to look up the definition again.
1. the state of sharing mutual interests, experiences, activities, etc
2. a society of people sharing mutual interests, experiences, activities, etc; club
3. companionship; friendship
4. the state or relationship of being a fellow
5. a. mutual trust and charitableness between Christians
b. a Church or religious association
a. a financed research post providing study facilities, privileges, etc, often in return for teaching services
b. a foundation endowed to support a postgraduate research student
c. an honorary title carrying certain privileges awarded to a postgraduate student
7. ( often capital ) the body of fellows in a college, university, etc
Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
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Fellowship- The Bible Dictionary:
(1.) With God, consisting in the knowledge of his will (Job 22:21; John 17:3);
agreement with his designs (Amos 3:2);
mutual affection (Rom. 8: 38, 39);
enjoyment of his presence (Ps. 4:6);
conformity to his image (1 John 2:6; 1:6);
and participation of his felicity (1 John 1:3, 4; Eph. 3:14-21).
(2.) Of saints with one another, in duties (Rom. 12:5; 1 Cor. 12:1; 1 Thess. 5:17, 18);
in ordinances (Heb. 10:25; Acts 2:46); in grace, love, joy, etc. (Mal. 3:16; 2 Cor. 8:4);
mutual interest, spiritual and temporal (Rom. 12:4, 13; Heb. 13:16);
in sufferings (Rom. 15:1, 2; Gal. 6:1, 2; Rom. 12:15;
and in glory (Rev. 7:9).
Easton’s 1897 Bible Dictionary
So the necessity of fellowship with Jesus means it’s important to have a friendship with him. We have to get to know Jesus in order to that we look to verse 18 which says we look not at the things which are seen, but at things which are not seen. What things are these? Well, lets look at Col. 3:1-2.
Col 3:1 You were raised from death with Christ. So live for what is in heaven, where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God.
Col 3:2 Think only about what is up there, not what is here on earth.
These are the unseen things, where Jesus is at. You see them but you do not see them. You know them but you do not know them. You know what they look like but you do not know what they look like. I know what your thinking. I thought the same thing once till I understood what Jesus meant more. To a young believer this is still confusing. So let me explain something. You know what love is right? Wait before you answer. You know what love looks like right? You think you do. But you don’t know exactly what love looks like for it’s unseen. You know what it looks like because you know when love is presence by the evidence it presents to you right? You can see and feel the evidence of loves presence. That’s how you know it’s there. You can see and feel peace, the evidence of peace that’s how you know it’s there. Understand now?
Now let’s skip ahead a little bit and let me tell you something. You don’t have to be a college graduate to know the bible or read it. You just have to know how to listen to what it says. You have to be willing to look deep into the word and understand what the definitions of the words are. Then go from there. You wanna know how to see things that are unseen. It’s faith. Faith is belief in something without proof. You can’t see it, feel it, or smell it yet you know that you know it’s there. Whether you call it intuition or not you know what I mean. Same concept, when getting to know Jesus. He will answer you and bless you so much. However, we will get into that later. I want you to get to know Jesus because he is a good friend. He is loving and kind. He wants to be friends with us. He gave his life so we could be apart of the family of God. You can’t find anyone better than that. I believe people get lost sometimes because they think of him as a genie in a bottle. Nope. He’s just like you and me. Feels, loves, was tempted and he overcame the world. He’s great. He’s reaching out to us. If we’d just take the time to get to know him.
Hands down best way to get to him is reading the bible. Start in Gospels. Or as I call them Matthew, Mark, Luke, and Johns, recollections of Jesus. They were his disciples. They spent a lot of time with him. If you wanna know what they thought go read. Then ask Jesus to send you a helper to understand what he meant by some of the things he spoke about. I suggest you get a dictionary to.
You know a lot of people start to believe in Jesus. Then fall away. Why? Because they never give that fellowship a chance. If we rewind to 2 Cor. 4:16-18 In verse 16 it says inward man is is renewed day by day, in the KJV. In the ERV it says our spirits are made new everyday. How does that happen. Fellowship or friendship with Jesus.
Let’s think about our friendships with others around us. What do we do to get to know them? How do you spend time with them? Why do you get to know them? I cannot answer them for you. Only you can friends. However, I will point you in the right direction. I have coffee every morning with Jesus. When I get up in the morning I have coffee write in my prayer journal. Read the bible. Study the bible. Talk to Jesus about the bible. If other neighbors join then we all have coffee with Jesus. Just saying wow. Jesus is great. Talk to him. Ask him for help. Your going to be amazed and you will know when you ask him for something in private and he answers you in the open. Ask him to teach about himself. I believe he likes it. I know if you ask him he answer you in abundance.
If your feeling down in the dumps. The clouds are never going away. The rain falls night and day. Then maybe you need a little fellowship with Jesus. A little friendship goes a long ways. Trust me I know. Remember the Jesus Factor: Everyday with Jesus