TREASURE YOUR FELLOWSHIP
Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith(Philippians 3:8-9)
What does fellowship mean to you? Me, I perceive fellowship as an investment, a devotion of time, attention, emotion, thought and resources towards something. No wonder you only become a fellow after many years of practice in a particular field. Fellowship in this sense can be better understood from the angle of a relationship. Ever wonder why this clause is added to the marriage vow “for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness or in health, to love and to cherish till death do us part”? Well, it simply shows 100% devotion and commitment towards a relationship. This right here gives direction to our discussion today, it all boils down to “commitment”.
The scriptures in Matthew 6:21 says “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” This is a simple but well-established fact; we all naturally have passion and are drawn to certain things that give us some form of pleasure and joy. For some it is music, for some, it is sport, while for some specifically it manifests as an obsession with movies. While this is not bad, what happens is that most times as a result of devotion to these things, it begins to reflect in our mannerisms, approach, thoughts and day-to-day activities. So, you would naturally just find yourself talking, thinking, discussing and arguing on matters that concern this passion, soon enough people around you will naturally begin to notice your disposition towards these subjects. That is the way fellowship works, it is simply; consistency and commitment, obsession and passion towards a person or something. Then as believers what should we fellowship? What should dominate our thought and heart? What should we be passionate about? Well, the first part of Matthew 6: 33 gives a befitting answer to these questions, it says “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness”. So as believers, we should be so invested in our relationship with God, we should be consumed and committed to Him and let this drive our fellowship with him. This should be seen in our devotion to the word, fervency in prayer, and our fellowship with the brethren. If we must truly enjoy all that is in him, i.e. all the gifts and qualities we desire and have seen operational in the church.
It is not enough to desire all the beautiful things you have read and seen happen in the bible and around you. The formula to receiving and entering into all you desire in God is simply “Intimate fellowship”. If you have been consistent in studying and applying this devotional then you’re on that path, keep at it, till it becomes a habit and a culture.
FURTHER READING: Philemon 1: 4-7, Jude 1: 20-25
DECLARATION: I know how much God has invested in me through Christ. I press on to become all that He has desired of me. I give myself to the study of the word, prayer and fellowship with the brethren.