Nearest and Dearest Fellowship

Devotional reading: by Charles H. Spurgeon

So shall we ever be with the Lord. (1 Thessalonians 4:17)

While we are here the Lord is with us, and when we are called away we are with Him. There is no dividing the saint from His Savior. They are one, and they always must be one: Jesus cannot be without His own people, for He would be a Head without a body. Whether caught up into the air, or resting in paradise, or sojourning here, we are with Jesus; and who shall separate us from Him?

What a joy is this! Our supreme honor, rest, comfort, delight, is to be with the Lord. We cannot conceive of anything which can surpass or even equal this divine society. By holy fellowship we must be with Him in His humiliation, rejection, and travail, and then we shall be with Him in His glory. Before long we shall be with Him in His rest and in His royalty, in His expectation and in His manifestation. We shall fare as He fares and triumph as He triumphs.

O my Lord, if I am to be forever with Thee, I have a destiny incomparable. I will not envy an archangel. To be forever with the Lord is my idea of heaven at its best. Not the harps of gold, nor the crowns unfading, nor the light unclouded is glory to me; but Jesus, Jesus Himself, and myself forever with Him in nearest and dearest fellowship.


3 Responses to “Nearest and Dearest Fellowship”

  1. Magdiel Says:

    I actually enjoyed reading this post. Thanks for reminding us that our relationship with God is eternal and transcends time. I really needed to hear this. Our Lord indeed is with us in our journey here on earth and one day we will see him in His glory :)

  2. Warren Says:

    Thank you Forrest for sharing this Devotional! A good read by Charles Spurgeon is always a refresher for me. Men like Charles Spurgeon where so unconventional to so many people. They spoke with authority and it showed because of their lifestyle but then again this devotional isn’t about exalting men, it is about the only true intrinsic communion that surpasses any earthly relationship we can have. Without a relationship with Christ there is no true since of communion and even our earthly relationships are affected! Ah such a wonderful devotional! …Warren

  3. Forrest Says:

    So good to hear from you, Warren. I agree. Charles Spurgeon is one of my favorites.