GET TOGETHER- THE BLESSINGS OF FELLOWSHIP
1Jo 1:3 that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.
Today as I went to lunch the Holy Spirit gave me a wonderful blessing. When I walked in another brother walked in while I did. When we were going through the buffet line the waitress asked us where we were going to sit and were we together I replied no, and she set our drinks at separate tables as we went through the line.
I knew this man. He is a Pastor in another part of the Body of Christ than the part that I serve in. I have always had a respect for him although I have not been around him that much. I don’t know why exactly that I said no we aren’t together. I wasn’t sure that, but what I might be imposing on him if I had answered different.
As I sat down at my table I felt the Holy Spirit prompt me to ask him if I could join him at his table. He said yes, and I really enjoyed our conversation. We didn’t ask how many either one of us had in our service last Sunday or have any big time theological conversation we mainly talked about family, and life. By the way that is theological. After I left I thought about what a great blessing it was to just enjoy having a meal with this brother.
In our country today, we often talk about how our youth are so into their cell phone and computers that they are missing the blessing of just a good casual conversation with someone else that is with them in person. And to be honest I have caught myself a lot of times preferring to be engaged with an electronic device rather than flesh and blood that is right there with me.
Sometimes in the church and I have been guilty big time of it as not regarding fellowship as being spiritual. I believe that a true Spirit filled walk with Jesus Christ will lead us to true fellowship. We will love God and we will love people.
The Greek term in this passage for fellowship is koinonia, koy-nohn-ee’-ah. It means to have an association involving close mutual relationships and involvement. It also means social intercourse. Our services start at 10: A.M. on Sunday morning. People may think that we are starting late because we don’t begin prayer, or worship until around 10:10. One reason is because the people are speaking to each other, laughing together, and some may be hugging one another. This is not unspiritual. If you think it is try preaching in a church where the people don’t speak to each other. You will see some spirituality there of the wrong kind.
So today I encourage you to ask the Holy Spirit to give you some fellowship time with Christians in the place where you worship. Ask Him to arrange times of fellowship with other believers as He did for me today.
Then ask Him to give you some time with some non-Christians so that they can see just how real that you are and that there is something different about you. Jesus did that and it worked well for Him. Mr 2:15 Now it happened, as He was dining in Levi’s house, that many tax collectors and sinners also sat together with Jesus and His disciples; for there were many, and they followed Him. Fellowship, the early church knew the importance of it, and I pray that we will as well.
Let Us Pray
Lord we thank you for the gift of fellowship. We know that deep down everyone desires true fellowship. Some are looking for it by joining gangs. Some are looking for it by joining clubs and organizations. As Your blood bought children help us to experience true Godly fellowship and offer it to others.
In Jesus Name
Love you guys. One day we will all fellowship together in that place of perfect fellowship
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Lu 15:22-25 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet.’ And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; ‘for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry. “Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing.