Duty of Those Who Have Fellowship with the Father
"Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you." In fellowship there comes a duty to others. There are certain bonds to be kept. and certain laws to be understood and reverenced. "Who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart"-such have fellowship with the Father. They delight in His laws and understand and cherish them.
Yet many of us may complain that the way is hard and that the obligations are many and heavy to bear. Are we not judged out of our own mouths? Should we not rather take Him at His word and know the truth of His assurance, "My yoke is easy, and my burden is light," and that He will place no burden upon us that we are not able to bear?
One who sought true fellowship told of the experience in these words: "1 saw a vision. In it I was able to discover what it meant to be selfish. I beheld myself in the school of life, using what little spiritual food I had for my own benefit. I was sitting on the side of a hill, eating. I soon realized that the ground upon which I was sitting was beginning to crumble. My food was also rapidly diminishing. A voice said, To him that hath not, it shall be taken away from him even that he seemeth to have.' Suddenly, I became aware of my destitute position. My food was gone, the earth was receding, and great billows of water were about to overtake me. I arose and began to climb upward, slowly, laboriously. I eagerly sought and accepted help from those I had formerly considered on lower spiritual planes than I. These words came to me: 'Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap,' and, 'All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.'"
That which we think, we become. That which we are, we reflect. That which we reflect, others judge us to be. We may be mistaken in our estimation of ourselves and others may misjudge us, but God looks on the heart and knows all things. He knows our purposes and what we are capable of becoming. The Master said, 'Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church," though He knew that Peter in his weakness would deny Him. It is our duty to walk before others in such a manner that they may see the good within us and thus glorify the Father. It is our duty to be on our guard at all times, lest we lose courage when called into the "judgment hall" to give a reason for the faith that is in us. We must see that our fellowship is able to stand the test in every trial so that no one can point the finger of scorn at us and say, "Hypocrite, even your words condemn you!" It is our duty, yea, our privilege, To make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God," and now is being revealed.
Fellowship Brings a Peace That Passes Understanding
As we have dealt with our fellow human beings, we may expect to be dealt with. What cause have we for fear if we have obeyed the Voice? We have become as little children putting our trust in the Giver of all good and perfect gifts, and we know that He will reward us according to His goodness and mercy. "Great peace have they which love Thy law; and nothing shall offend them."
To whom do we look for this peace? Who hath brought the Pleiades into being, or set the bands of Orion, or the waters of the deep that are cast upon the land, or brings breath into the life of all His creatures and supplies the union with those Creative Forces that makes for the songs of the spheres? The Lord is His name. Under the shadow of His wing there is peace and no cause for fear. (See 262-23.)
Let nothing stand between us and the Father, but rather let us cast aside the things that have hindered in the past and allow no care to weigh us down as we go forth in His name day by day. Do we not know and are we not confident that "All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose"? There may be things we do not understand now, but those things we can safely leave in the hands of the Father, knowing that He will reveal them in His own good time. Let no worry or condemnation enter our minds that might hinder the fellowship we have with the Father. The time is at hand. "He that is unjust, let him be unjust still; and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still; and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still; and he that is holy, let him be holy still." It is not for us to judge, but to work, to serve, and to rely wholly on the promises: "Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.""Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you... Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."
Let our meditation and prayer be expressed in the following words:
How excellent is Thy name in the earth, О Lord! Would I have fellowship with Thee, I must show brotherly love to my fellow man. Though I come in humbleness and have aught against my brother, my prayer, my meditation, does not rise to Thee. Help Thou my efforts in my approach to Thee. 262-21