Fellowship - Part 5 of 7 Daily Essentials For the Christian Life

Saturday, November 21, 2015

So far we have covered four of the daily essentials for living a successful Christian life--Relationship, Prayer, Worship and Discipleship. These four have to do with our vertical relationship with Christ. The fifth essential now addresses how we live our lives in relationship with other people.

Daily Essential #5 - Fellowship.
God has created every human being with an innate desire to worship Him. But He also placed in each of us an innate desire for fellowship. That is one of the basic fundamentals of the character of God--He desires fellowship with us. As we are created in His image, that same fundamental characteristic has been created in us.

Before sin entered the world, Adam and Eve lived in perfect harmony. After they sinned, they lost that harmony and became at odds with one another. We see this manifested as they blame each other before God for their sin. Not only did sin separate them from God, it caused separation in their relationship with each other.

Christ's redemptive work not only restores our relationship with Him, it seeks to remove the separation that exists between each other. It is impossible to truly live the Christian life and not be drawn towards others around us. We can't navigate this life with all of its trials, temptations, frustrations and pitfalls without each other. One trap I see Satan use against people in the Church is to isolate them from others when life gets hard. I have seen people withdraw from their circle of friends in the Church when life falls apart, usually to their demise. That is when we need people the most. When life gets tough we should press in and lean harder upon those around us. We have to resist the urge to hide when things around us are falling apart. We need to feed off of the strength and encouragement of others. That is why Paul encourages us in Hebrews 10 to not give up meeting together, and all the more as you see the day approaching. You can't survive by yourself.

If you are going through some difficult circumstances, I encourage you to take the initiative and seek out a friend that you can lean on. Don't wait for them to come to you. Seek them out. If things are going great for you, be sensitive to someone around you that may need someone to come alongside them and lift them up. That is what we are created for. That is what fellowship is really all about.

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