FELLOWSHIP WITH THE BRETHREN
“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, purifies us from all sin.”1 John 1:7 NIV
The word of God enjoins us to keep fellowship with the brethren as it is an exercise that provokes us unto love and good works, according to the book of Hebrews, but according to our opening verse, we sort of have an idea that “it keeps us in the light” that is, it keeps our fellowship with the light intact.
Fellowship comes from the Greek word ”KOINONIA”, which means intimacy, it means to share in common. Christian fellowship goes beyond attending church, although it is a part of it. Fellowship is union. It means while we’re in fellowship we draw from the god-life within. That’s where the refreshing feeling of having been with God comes from.
Fellowship ought not to be an option for believers. Especially In our age, and we thank God for technological advancement that brings digital connectivity, but it won’t replace real actual fellowshipping with one another or said differently, we must ensure that we’re maximizing the fellowship when it is digital and not get distracted by numerous other activities taking place on your devices. For example, you’re reading this devotional on your phone, you’ll listen to it read on mixlr, our midweek service holds online, these are digital media for ensuring we fellowship together still, but everyone must maintain the discipline to ensure they’re not distracted by other apps on their various devices which they might be using. We must even be disciplined also to ensure we participate in those fellowships. For example, again, tomorrow is the midweek service. Are you going to participate? Are you going to remind someone about it? What about connecting other people to a service/fellowship time where they can get refreshed? Do you have people that you pray to together? Do you look out for other people who aren’t as strong as you are in the faith to strengthen them by fellowshipping together?
Heb.10.25 teaches us – not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
Fellowship refers to the tangible act of coming together in one place with other believers to interact, pray and worship God but first and foremost it refers to coming into the faith—becoming a sharer in the life of God, that is being born again. As anyone who is now born again now shares union with God, this union is what fellowship still means. To develop the fellowship we already have with God, we have an opportunity in this practice of coming together in fellowship with other brethren, as it continues or deepens our spiritual maturity, as we get to receive edification through one another. God doesn’t want believers to be alone, the bible says two are better than one, for when one is down, the other gets him up.
It helps us stir up love and good works.
FURTHER READING: Hebrews 10:24-26, 1 Corinthians
CONFESSION: I am a part of God’s body, I have fellowship with every member of the Body, seeking edification and building one another up.