The Blessings of Christian Fellowship
For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.Matthew 18:20
Christian fellowship is a time of peace and joy especially if we are consciously aware that Christ is with us. There is peace and joy when two or three are together, and even more so, when worshipping with our church family. Last week, I attended the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) convention where approximately 7,000 Christians were singing and listening to powerful messages given by gifted speakers. This caused the Spirit to drive my mind and emotions to a heart of thankfulness and surrender to our Lord.
For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, (Colossians 2:1-2) Here, apostle Paul is struggling for the church in Laodicea that they be encouraged, be knit together in love, and have the riches of knowing Christ.
So that you might live in a manner worthy of the Lord and be fully pleasing to him as you bear fruit while doing all kinds of good things and growing in the full knowledge of God. You are being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might, so that you might patiently endure everything with joy. (Colossians 1:10-11) Christian fellowship can be a motivator to serve the Lord and bring the good news of Christ to others. After the four-day AACC convention, many people, including myself, were on fire for the Lord.
Never let the fire in your heart go out. Keep it alive. Serve the Lord. (Romans 12:11) A heart burning for the Lord is a heart that is highly motivated to serve the Lord by pointing lost souls to Christ. Christian fellowship and worship can motivate us to keep the fire in our hearts burning for the Lord.
Today if you fellowship with someone, know that Christ is with you. Whenever you minister to someone know he is with you and will guide you through the Spirit, because the Spirit only speaks what he hears. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. (John 16:13) Ask the Lord for guidance when ministering and listen for the Spirit to put his thoughts in your mind.
Prayer: Lord thank you for bringing me into your family, my Christian brother and sisters. Guide me to always fellowship with my Christian family and seek your divine guidance and wisdom in everything. It’s only through your guidance that I can reflect your love and wisdom. In Jesus’ name, Amen