What does good Christian Fellowship look like to you? Does it include spending hours laughing with a friend? Perhaps engaging together in a hobby that you both enjoy? Maybe you picture having several people over giving everyone a chance to have good quality conversations with one another over a meal. As the Christmas and New Year season was coming and passing by, this question was lingering in my head over and over. Finally, I asked, “Lord, what does good Christian Fellowship look like to YOU?”
The answer came so clear and so simple: Be Jesus to those around you.
In Matthew 25, Jesus talks about being an encouragement to fellow believers by feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, being welcoming, providing clothing to those who need it, and visiting the sick and those imprisoned.
In Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians, he tells them to, “…encourage one another and build one another up…” (5:11)
While the Lord Jesus was on the earth, He recognized what each individual needed and satisfied that need. Today, He continues to know exactly what each individual needs and many times uses His children to play a role in satisfying that need in the lives of others. The question is, are we as His children willing to be used by Him to bless others in this way?
We live in a fallen hurting world. Everywhere we turn there are people needing to experience God’s love. We who have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Saviour are His hands and feet. Who has the Lord been tugging at your heart lately to reach out to? Is it a fellow believer or is it a friend who is unfamiliar with the Lord Jesus? Is it a child seeking attention or an older acquaintance wanting a listening ear?
Whoever you end up spending time with and whatever you end up doing, before you meet up, pray. Ask the Lord to use you to be an encouragement to this individual/family/group in this season in their life. Pray that all who are present would experience the sweet presence of the Lord Jesus in the time spent together. And just as important, pray that the desire in knowing Him and wanting to be like Him would increase in each heart as a result of this simple get-together.
I wish I could tell you this is what I do all the time. Unfortunately, there are times I get distracted and fail to pray before meeting with others, but it doesn’t stop me from trying the next time. May each of us purpose in our hearts to, “…hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:23-25