As we continue in this study of the Christian life, we reach today’s topic…fellowship. For some of you, fellowship comes naturally. It is easy to be at ease and open around other brothers and sisters in Christ, sharing with and enjoying each other’s company. This is not so with me, or at least it’s not natural for me. I have always been a solitary soul, easily able to spend time alone or with close family, most comfortable living a life of introspection. My continued study of the bible has led me to understand God’s design of the church and our extended Christian family. He has created us to need Him and to need others and that is best achieved when we share in fellowship. This is not to say that we should devalue solitude and self-examination for they are both effective tools of a Christian. But I and others like me gain much from finding value in the love and transparency of a Christian family.
1 John 1:7 reminds us that, “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.” Hebrews 10:24 teaches, “let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” We are to be there encouraging each other in good times and bad. The life of a Christian is not meant to end or be put on hold at the end of a worship service. We are to be one and so fulfill the law of Christ.