When the 3,000 souls came to Christ on Pentecost they immediately began fellowshipping with other believers. Coming to Jesus not only necessitates the renunciation of false gods, but it also makes necessary active relationships with other Christians. This is because we are now part of a body. The Christian Church is not a dead organization, but a living organism. Like our physical body, we cannot say to our brothers and sisters in Christ that we do not need them.
However, our fellowship is to be firstly and primarily vertical – that is, with God – and secondarily horizontal, with people. By divine design we have been placed into a body that has been created to minister to one another. This is one way that God is glorified. This fellowship is to be loving and kind, meeting each other’s needs. This fellowship is transparent with one another. What a glorious thing it is when Christ’s body dwells together in unity!
May each of us daily desire to draw closer to Jesus and one another. His love working in us and through us is the greatest witness we can offer the world.
Meditate on Ephesians 4:1-3: “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with long-suffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” And Philippians 2:1-4: “Therefore, if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”
Pray it. Live it. That’s what fellowshipping is all about!