The early church devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and to fellowship. As I think about the different ways to see and celebrate grace I can not leave out the power of Christ working in the body of Christ. We need each other. God has made us for community. God has made us for Himself, the greatest fellowship possible. Do I make the most of the opportunities to encourage and be encouraged by those around me that love Jesus? Do I shy away from talking about the things of God and disciplines of the faith with my friends out of insecurity? Who is in my life that I know I can confess my sin? Who is in my life that feels like they can confess their sin to me?
Today I had lunch with an old friend. We had never really had great Christian fellowship with one another but we did today. We shared in each others pains and struggles and spoke words of hope and questions of true concern. Grace was applied today in our lives.
As the body of Christ we are to live out the great commission. And as we do this we are to devote ourselves to the scriptures, digging deep alone and with one another. We are to be accountable in light of living a life worthy of our calling. Being fed and feeding one another are part of God’s plan in reaching the lost. 2 Timothy 2:2 is all about us entrusting what we learn to others who will in turn do the same thing. We are not to be lone rangers, riding off alone to do our ministry, we are to hold one another up. We are to be with each other during times of suffering. We are to love one another the way Jesus loves us. Am I a team player or do I set out to do my own thing for Jesus? This sounds like a ok plan, but it is not.
I thank God for those that have poured their lives out into me, teaching me about God and the Christian life. I need fellowship, I long for fellowship…not a “holy huddle” but a God ordained friend base that is passionate about being obedient to God, that love to worship Him. I need this. Lord, help me to never think that I have arrived and need no help from others.
Am I looking to see God move in others? Do I take joy when a friend has a great spiritual sucess or do I compare myself with them to see how I add up? Just think of how much Holy Spirit movement we could partake in and see if we would talk more with other believers about their lives and hearts. We must get below the ice into the flowing waters, below the put up to the real heart. Are we willing to let that guard down in order to have biblical fellowship or are we satisfied with just eating together? I don’t have it together, but I want to. Do I want to hold others in my heart like Paul mentioned above or do I just want to fill it with me and my private journey? If I am to hold others in my heart then I must know them, more then the surface, more than the comfortable level. Obviously, we must be wise with those we have deep fellowship with and those we have good fellowship with. Lord, help me to celebrate You in he lives of my friends.
And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel.
Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble.
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— 2 the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— 3 that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4 And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.
1 John 1:1-4
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
1 John 1:7
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.