The Final Frontier?
The film critics all hated, “The Final Frontier”, the fifth Star Trek motion picture. It was pretty universally panned and called a failure. However, I really liked it. The heart of this film was not its special effects, guest stars, or complicated plot. The simple art of friendship was at its core. It all boiled down to three old friends sitting around a campfire, talking, eating and singing songs. I just love that! It might not make for an exciting film base or big box office, but it makes a huge comment on what life should really be all about.
Captain Kirk, Spock and Bones were celebrating life together in its finest form. They were having fellowship with one another. The New Testament Greek word for fellowship is koinonia and it means partnership, participation, communion, friendship or social intercourse. This important word is used over a dozen times in the New Testament and it is an all important ingredient to actually BEING the Church. 1 John 1:7 says, “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.” I know the movie analogy breaks down here because their fellowship was not in Jesus, but you get my point anyway I trust.
True fellowship in Jesus includes intimacy, partnership, participation, communion, friendship and social intercourse. Sitting in a pew and singing along to a few tunes is not really full participation. 1 Corinthians 14:26 puts the truth right out there when it says, “…When you come together, EVERYONE has a song, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. ALL of these MUST be done for the strengthening of the church.” In true church fellowship EVERYONE has a contribution to the ongoing dialogue and conversation. True church fellowship is NOT a series of sermons or monologues. It is open sharing as The Spirit leads with multiple people sharing. Anything less is, well less than what GOD intended for all of us. Just how often do we settle for less, and why? Sorry, end of rant. I just get really passionate about the church and its need to be fully open, participatory and free.
Now back to friendship…… we really ought to deeply know and get along with those we fellowship with. True friendship should come and flow naturally between those who love Jesus. Sharing our complete lives with one another is something Jesus desires for us. This is much more difficult within large groups, so I suggest smaller groups whenever possible.
I had difficulty writing this blog today. There is so much I want to express, but I feel limited by words. And please do not get me wrong, I am not giving edicts and telling everyone what to do. All I want to do is share my portion and be an encouragement. If I failed at this today, then I apologize
P.S. I hope all of you have a few very close friends you can just hang out and just BE with. It is really simple, but oh so sweet too. When we have those in our lives that we can completely bare our hearts to, it makes our lives so much easier to navigate. That type of caring and openness is just so valuable, needed, rare and awesome.