Fellowship

 

Fellowship is a misunderstood word. If you listen to the way most people use the word fellowship, you’ll notice they use it to mean a time of eating and hanging out together. We often say we are “fellowshipping with other believers”. And there is a reason for that. Luke does write in the book of Acts about the believers gathering together for meals. But you can share a meal with someone and not have true fellowship. Fellowship is not just sharing a meal. It’s ultimately sharing a purpose. You are “fellow” something. You are saying, “We gather together because are both ________.” For those of us who are followers of “The Way” as early Christians called walk of following Jesus, that is what we have fellowship over. And it’s a necessity. The gathering of God’s people is essential to the health of the body of Christ. The idea of “I can get as much of God in a tree stand or on a boat fishing” is based on a lie. Not because time alone with God isn’t important. But because we are never called to forsake the assembly and replace that time with being alone with God. Your walk needs both. You need alone time with God but you also need to assemble. God tells us through the writing of Hebrews to “not forsake the assembling of yourselves as some are in the habit of doing”. I see so many misunderstandings about church today. We think having a personal relationship with Jesus means we don’t need other people. And while that sounds right, it’s entirely unbiblical. Even before sin was brought into the world by Adam, God looked and commented that it wasn’t good for man to be alone. That’s not to say that all will be given in marriage, but we are all called to relationships. Even Paul kept the fellowship going with other believers while he was in prison. Solomon says in Ecclesiastes, “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!” We don’t have fellowship because we are perfect. We may at times get on each other’s nerves. But we have fellowship because we are fellow heirs. Fellow sons and daughters. We have one common purpose, to glorify the LORD.

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