Revive Me, Week 21– A Year of Growing Stronger in the Lord
Long for Fellowship
I have rolled my eyes at the idea of another potluck. I’ve whispered “amen” to posts or comments about the fact that fellowship is not about eating a meal together. Well, I’ve decided that I’ve been guilty of a bad attitude.
If I’m honest, I must get to the bottom of my lack of enthusiasm. Is it the meal itself? No. Is it the effort it would take on my part to prepare a dish? No. So that leaves only two other reasons. Either I don’t relish the idea of spending more time with my Christian family or I don’t want to cram another event into my already busy schedule. Spelling it out like that doesn’t make me sound too good, does it? What could be more important than spending time with God’s people? What does it say about the spiritual condition of my heart when I lose the desire to do so?
God’s people are the best of people! I never regret spending time with them.
What does God think about Christian fellowship?
- The early Christians were devoted to it- Acts 2:42
- He lists it as a blessing of walking in the Light- 1 John 1:7
There are commands we can only fulfill with time and togetherness:
- We meet together to encourage each other- Heb. 10:25
- We are to bear each other’s burdens- Gal. 6:2
- We are to have the same mind and the same love- Phil. 2:2
- We are to comfort one another- 2 Cor. 13:11
- We are to confess our sins to one another and pray for each other- James 5:16
- We are to look to the interests of others- Phil. 2:4
- We are to do good to each other- Gal. 6:10
- We are to love one another- 1 John 4:7
- We are to exhort one another- Heb. 3:13
Only so many of those can be accomplished through social media. Paul desired to see Christians so he could be encouraged by their faith (Rom. 1:11,12).
Busyness. Introvertedness. Isolation. These may be the types of things that lead to a lack of desire for togetherness. Or maybe the withdrawal comes from hurt feelings. Maybe someone said something thoughtless or let you down. Whatever the cause, let us remember that fellowship was special to the church of the New Testament. Let us remember that fellowship is about more than getting, it’s about giving. We encourage, love, serve, exhort. We hug and laugh together. We light each other’s fire to save souls. We let others glimpse our faith.
The first century Christians were united and turned the world upside-down (Acts 17:6). Certainly that is the desire of every Christian today.
Suggestions for the Week:
1. Look up the “one another” passages and list what Christians are to do together.
2. If your desire to fellowship is waning, try to determine the cause. Have you been hurt? Are you so busy that you are burned out? Have worldly pursuits distracted you? Pray about it.
3. Make sure the same people aren’t having to schedule fellowship activities. Help brainstorm and create opportunities to be together.
4. Pay attention to those who are missing fellowship activities. Reach out to them and encourage them to join you.
5. Be intentional in your fellowship. While you’re with Christians, focus on giving, loving, encouraging, and listening.
Read it. Memorize it. Live it.