CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP: A GIFT BESTOWED BY GOD

God is faithful, Who has called you into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

(I Corinthians 1:9)

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I had the blessing of spending time with my grandchildren online in a Zoom call on Mother’s Day. My granddaughter kind of took over the call closer to the end as she was trying to, rather slowly with one hand, the other arm/wrist/thumb in a cast, type out her birthday list to me. My grandson, age five, was walking back and forth waiting for his turn. Quite unhappy with his big sister, he expressed his impatience with a lament,

 “I’m missing my time with Grandma!”

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Have we not longed to be back together in fellowship as one with the Lord and with one another?

Have we not missed our time with some impatience and lamenting in waiting?

Stay-at-home directives to help control a virus have separated us in many ways.

God knew we would need the presence of fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Fellowship in the Lord is a special gift only Christians can fully unwrap, open to the Light, and experience. God has given us a church family—brothers and sisters who share a common bond, a common love, a common faith, a common hope in Christ. Through Christian fellowship, we are each other’s mutual support and companions through the challenges, tests, struggles, suffering, and hardships in this life. We are each other’s faithful friends, sharing in the joys, special moments, and laugh-out-loud times. Our solidarity is secured in our united efforts as comrades in the cause of Christ, showing His love through our lives and through our fellowship with one another.

Fellowship with our brothers and sisters in the Lord cannot exist without the presence of CHRIST Himself. When we pray, when we break bread, when we sing, when we worship, HE is with us. When we share a meal and thank Him for it, HE is seated at the table. As we clean the building in the spring, HE is there in our midst. When we sing carols to the elderly in a nursing home or assisted living, JESUS is harmonizing with us.

Fellowship in Christ is fellowship with Christ.

That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship [is] with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.

(1 John 1:3)

This gift of Christian fellowship, bestowed by God, is a blessing in this life but an even greater joy in eternity. Our friendship, our companionship, and our togetherness will continue forever.  Human fellowship cannot last, but fellowship in Christ endures and grows stronger.

Can we envision what Christian fellowship in heaven will be like?

Will we strive to have the kind of Christian fellowship on this earth  that prepares us for that Day?

24And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.  (Hebrews 10:24-25)

As we come together once again, let us pray with purpose and faith that we may use this God-gift of Christian fellowship to help and encourage each other in our walk with Him, as we work together in solidarity to bring souls to His salvation-and to this special fellowship of His followers.

(Sharon G. Tate 05/31/2020 blog) teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word

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