True confession time . . . I’m kinda’ hooked on The Voice talent show. Very capable singers are given 90 seconds to audition sight unseen to secure a spot on a coach’s team. These coaches are themselves big names in the music industry. After finding a spot on the team, these singers go through a number of head-to-head singing competitions. If their coaches pick them as the winners of each round they eventually advance to the live shows where America eventually picks an ultimate winner to be crowned as The Voice.
So why am I thinking The Voice as I sit back and meditate after reading The Word this morning? It’s because of a dynamic that is played out again and again on the show. Not only are these contestants in awe of being able to work with a famous singing artist, but through the rounds different advisors are brought in who are also big names in the music industry. And the show’s producers ensure there is ample contestant testimony as to how amazing, or mind-blowing, or unbelievable it is that they get to meet with and work with such big stars. They get to rub shoulders with the elite. They receive coaching and encouragement from the best. And they often remark how they can barely believe it’s all happening.
And as I’m reading the opening verses of 1John this morning, I realize that this fleeting fellowship they experience with mere mortals is no match for the eternal fellowship we have been brought into. That their awe at such privilege should pale in comparison to the awe we should continually express as we consider the nature of our fellowship.
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the Word of life–the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us–that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. (1John 1:1-3 ESV)
Our fellowship is with the Father. Our fellowship is with His Son Jesus Christ.
How much do I take that for granted? When’s the last time my jaw dropped to consider such privilege of association? And it’s not some distance association, but up close and personal abiding community.
Communion with the Creator through Him who created all things. Intimacy with the Source of life. Fellowship with the Giver of eternal life. Chosen not because of some capability I possess. Not earning myself a spot on “the team” through a great audition. Not to be tested against others hoping to perform my way to the live rounds. Knowing God not because I have any chance of being the best based on my own talent.
But chosen for fellowship because of the work and the worth of another. My merit being that of God’s blessed Son. My “advancement” only possible by the sanctifying work of the God’s Holy Spirit. The crown I will one day wear having nothing to do with my abilities but solely a trophy of God’s amazing grace.
And in the meantime, I get to commune with the Father through the Son by the Spirit. I can wake every morning and, in the most personal and intimate of ways, participate in the divine with the Almighty and Holy God of eternity. His “coaching” is the conforming of my nature to that of the Son’s as I hear and respond to His voice through the Spirit resident within me. Indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.
And that should be jaw-dropping. That should evoke a fall-to-your-knees face planting. Far from being old hat, it should be an ever present flow of fresh water that primes the pump of awe and wonder and resulting praise.
Who gets to be in community with God? We do! The Word of life having made the way through His own blood for us to enter the Holy of Holies, boldly approaching the throne of grace, abiding with Him as He desires to abide with us.
O that my voice might continually sing His praise . . . because of His grace . . . and for His glory!