Friday, February 24, 2012

The Need of Fellowship

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24-25 ESV)

There are some things in life that are just easier done with the help of others. Life as a whole is usually easier when you have others around to do life with. As a Christian my life as a whole should be representative of what I believe. Even though I am a Christian there are times in my life when I grapple with very deep depression. If I did not have others around me or in my life to care and pray for me, my seasons of depression could be a lot longer.

The writer of Hebrews gives us three good reasons for us to maintain some form of Christian fellowship. The first two come together in a set; we should stir each other up to love and good works. What does this look like? Well this can look different in all of our lives, love and good works can seem to almost always go hand in hand. If there is something you can think to do for someone else that you have to ability to do than do it. Don’t just wait to be asked take the initiative and get it done, by doing that you show that love the other person.

Paul in 1 Corinthians 12 describes us as the body of Christ and each member has its place and function, allowing each person to be used. But if you are an eye, there are things you won’t be able to accomplish on your own. The author of Hebrews also tells us not to forsake gathering together but to encourage one another. Take a moment and thank about that, if you are not keeping some form of fellowship then how are you staying encouraged in the Lord?

I personally am part of a men’s Bible study and can tell the difference on the weeks when I am unable to attend. But, these brothers will keep in contact by giving a call, text or email to check up on how I am doing and vice versa. If you have not been able to find a church home, at least try to find a small Bible study or if you have to start your own. If you are not able to use your gifts to help the body they will fatigue and your growth will be hindered. If that happens you may never live up to the fullest potential the Lord has in store for you.

Live Long, Pray Hard, Die Well!

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