There is something uplifting about the Epistles of John, the opening chapter of his first in particular. It is clear that John’s relationship with his Lord was quite special. He was known as the disciple whom Jesus loved and it is apparent that love was requited. It is important for John that he had heard, seen, looked upon and handled the word of life (1 John 1:1), but he was not referring to the written word, but the “word made flesh”, even Jesus himself.
This closeness with his Lord brought true fellowship – with the Father, with the Son and by extension with all those who share this same relationship. This blessing of fellowship, arising from the relationship with the Lord Jesus, required John, and all those coming after him to do two things.
Firstly it must be declared to others. “That which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us” (verse 3). This relationship and knowledge of the Lord Jesus was far too special to keep to himself. John felt compelled to share it, not just so that others could be shared but because he wanted to enjoy fellowship with them also.
The second thing is we must “walk in the light” (verse 7). Those who have come to Christ cannot remain as children of darkness. Everything they say and do (and think) is open to the scrutiny of the ‘Light of the World’ and we must live as Christ’s representatives today. We can show the same goodness, singleness of mind, commitment to truth and unwavering loyalty as our Lord, every day. Let today be the day that we declare what we know about him to someone else.