Do You Have Fellowship Or Just Meetings?
“This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with Him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But 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.” 1 John 1: 5-7
“Fellowship with one another” is vitally important and necessary for every follower of Jesus and the Body of Christ as a whole at large. Yet, true fellowship rarely occurs when a traditional/Institutional “church” meets. ”Fellowship”, as used in this text, means deep, intimate relationship and social intercourse. It speaks of extremely rich participation and total partnership with one another.
Truth be told, nearly 100% of most “church services” allow for very little partnership or participation and what they do allow for is rarely relational or intimate. In fact more fellowship happens when exchanging pleasantries and handshakes on the way in and out of the building than within the actual meeting times. It is very, very sad, but the Pastor’s encouragement to “greet your neighbor” is usually the deepest and most relational as it ever gets.
The rest of the time in the “service” is normally spent sitting in rows, staring at the back of someone’s head while you listen to the Pastor’s sermon/monologue. That my friends is NOT fellowship at all. It is not interactive or participatory and it does nothing to build real, faithful relationships within the Body of Christ.
In authentic fellowship everyone participates and shares the deepest of things that they have on their hearts. Real fellowship allows for the open exchange of thoughts and ideas that pertain to Jesus and all things church and life. When we truly gather together in His name we all get to share our burdens, struggles, victories and successes with one another. Without that type of open and intimate sharing it never really becomes fellowship and all it really ends up being is just another shallow meeting of some folks that really needed to hear from the Christ in each other, but were denied access to that due to the traditional standard way in which they meet under the headship of their Pastor rather than Christ.
True Church is all about relationship, with Christ and one another. It is about deep friendship that goes well beyond just sharing a pew, row of chairs or a handshake. In true fellowship everyone gets to share what is going on in their hearts. It is about relationships that go deeper than just being mere friends or family. Is your fellowship like that or does it lack true love and intimacy? If we are really walking in the light WE WILL have rich fellowship like I have described here today. It is not an option. It is a need that all of us have in order to be fully whole, complete and mature in Christ.
Love and …..
Kirk Out !