Sailing the fellowship!

Do you ever pause to consider if your path is straight and well lit or do you instead find yourself often rerouted, stumbling about aimlessly in the dark alleys of life’s proceedings and tribulations? If you chose the latter, ask yourself if you are truly immersed in God’s fellowship? For if we say that we have fellowship with him and walk in the darkness, we lie and do not carry out the truth: but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:6,7 

Let us momentarily spotlight everyone’s favorite activity: Fellowship! I don’t know a single soul who does not ache for consistent fellowship on some level. Whether it be fellowship in the breaking of bread and prayer Acts 2:42, fellowship in furtherance of the gospel Phil. 1:5, fellowship in the matter of giving and receiving Phil. 4:15 or fellowship with one another! As Christ’s hands and feet, God has provided for us many ways in which to exercise this fellowship. Experience routinely demonstrates that increased Godly fellowship builds up our faith while simultaneously purging the flab of our reclusive loneliness. 

Yet there is a dark side to fellowship and happily Star Wars has nothing to do with it! Scripture says that we are to have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness. Eph 5:11 Why? Well, for one….they’re unfruitful, not only spiritually but realistically. Two, what fellowship has righteousness and iniquity or what communion has light with darkness? 2 Cor. 6:14 They are like the two sides of a coin. Though they can be displayed simultaneously under the right circumstances and are fused together, they are ultimately opposed to one another. Only in death are we released from our fleshly bondage. Praise be to God that we have already been released from the bondage of sin by means of the cross! 

Everybody loves to eat and food arguably provides one of the best occasions for fellowship. Yet even greater than this is the fellowship of co-laboring in ministry together that the fellowship of our faith may become effectual, in the knowledge of every good thing which is in you, unto Christ. Philemon 5:6 May it be our goal to have ultimate daily fellowship with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ and with His saints that we may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, becoming conformed unto his death! Phil. 3:10 

I would be blessed if you shared your thoughts! 

God bless!

Jim Richardson 

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One Response

  1. I once heard a preacher say that what we enjoy most is “bellyship”! I think he was right, too. There is something special about sharing a meal together. That’s why we are told to practice hospitality to one another without grumbling (1 Peter 4:9).

    Fellowship, however, involves something much broader than this one facet. It is multidimensional. This comes to light when we consider the Greek word from which it is translated signifies “joint participation”. Joining with one another in any endeavor for the Lord builds ties that are like no other ties. In my estimation, this is made abundantly clear by reflecting on the Apostle Paul’s personal greetings in his letters.

    May we all be so wonderfully blessed in our spiritual service as to have friends like his with whom to enjoy fellowship in the Lord.

    -bill

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