Hebrews 2:10 “In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering.”
In seminary, Sonya and I served in a small rural church in Louisiana. Once a quarter the church would have “The Fellowship Dinner”. The first one we attended was quite a learning experience. As we walked into the “dining hall” we noticed the tables were covered with food and lined up end to end, with chairs only on one side of the tables. After the prayer we watched all the women who had prepared food move to the chairs and sit down. They were positioning themselves to watch who chose their food over others. Wow! What pressure! This was a lot of fun, but it was not fellowship.
Genuine fellowship is better defined as “sharing life together.” It is all about sharing experiences with other believers in Christ as you navigate the wild journey called life. Sharing life together allows you to be genuine and prevents you from walking around with a facade pretending to be okay. You have to be willing to let your life intersect with others. It may seem inconvenient or risky at times, but there is deep fulfillment waiting at the other end.
Throughout the difficulties of life, it has always been fellow believers that have provided so much for my family and me. A timely call or a thoughtful card; a listening ear or a gentle hug; or even a simple email or text. The church family has supported each of my life’s painful moments. I thank God for being able to share life with you.
Psalm 133:1 “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!”
Q4U: God is calling. He wants to encourage you to experience genuine fellowship. Will you share your life with others?