Reading: “Truly, our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ”—1 John 1:3

What a blessed consideration! Christian, are you, at this time in the full enjoyment of this fellowship? Pause over this question. Sometimes, for the want of this search of soul, and the neglect of it, deadness, or at least leanness creeps in. Inquire, then Christian, how are you dealing with God? And how is God dealing with you? When were his latest manifestations? When did he take you to his banqueting house; or when did you sit under his shadow? Have you heard His voice lately? Knowing these things are among the sweetest exercises which flow from the indwelling Spirit.

Go on further in the inquiry. What petitions have you now awaiting to be answered from the heavenly court? What grateful acknowledgments have lately gone up for mercies received? How are you growing in grace, and in the knowledge of the Lord? If these things are neglected there will be a strangeness between God and you, a strangeness, such as in earthly friendship when absence and time and lack of correspondence wears out remembrance. Christian, rouse up, consider the importance of keeping up constant communion with God.

Lord, keep the flame of love alive in me; manifest to my soul the certainty and reality of my union with You by causing this blessed communion to be constant, unceasing, and full. Let the Spirit bring out in me the exercise of the graces He has planted; and come, Lord, in refreshing manifestations of love; so that, while prayers go up, blessings may come down; and while You are graciously saying, “Seek ye my face,” my heart will be saying, “Thy face, Lord, will I seek.” If, dear Lord, You will mercifully keep this fellowship, this partnership, alive in my soul, how will my poor soul live on You, and with You; and how I will be exchanging with You all my leanness, poverty, wretchedness, and weakness, for Your fullness, riches, righteousness, and strength.

Taken from The Poor Man’s Evening and Morning Portions by Rev. Robert Hawker, Works, Vol. 8; 1830. Edited by Aaron Dunlop for thinkgospel.com ©2014.