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So Happy Together….. (Day 18)

on March 27, 2012

“How wonderful it is, how pleasant, for God’s people to live together in harmony!” (Psalm 133:1, TEV)

Another of God’s purposes for us is to experience life together, or what the Word calls fellowship.  We are called to gather together to experience the ebbs and flows that we go through. 

Yet, fellowship has lost its meaning over the years.  It’s more about “let’s get together for lunch” or “yes, I attend such and such church” or “such and such is my pastor”.  It’s when we can be naked before each other with our failures, mishaps and struggles do we engage in real and meaningful fellowship.

And have you noticed that the best fellowship takes place with a small group?  Let’s look at Jesus’ example for a minute.  He recruited 12 disciples with various abilities and talents to engage them in a life-changing ministry.   A bigger group of disciples probably would have had a lesser impact.  Even with this small group there was dissention.  However, the closeness and intimacy built from their fellowship with Jesus was the springboard for their huge impact on the world. 

In other words, when you add people to a small group, two things tend to happen: someone stops participating and a few people end up dominating the overall group.  Imagine if the 12 Disciples were a group of 15.  One or two would be taking over the whole ministry, while the others who want to contribute can’t for fear of being disregarded.   Unfathomable, isn’t it? 

Also unfathomable is fake fellowship in the church.  You think that if any group of people are truly connected, it would be us.  Yet, it doesn’t happen as often or as much as you think.  We tend to put on the masks, hoping and praying that no one sees the real us.  We live a facade of everything’s coming up roses, knowing darn well our hearts are broken or our families are fractured.  It’s when we open up about our lives do we begin experiencing real fellowship and intimacy.  It’s in fellowship where we experience mercy, sympathy and mutuality. 

Yes, it’s a huge risk to expose the true you; however, we grow by taking risks and inspire those around us to do the same.  This is another area where me and a lot of us struggle, largely in part because of past experiences.  However, it’s when we seek God for His help that we begin to take those baby steps of trusting others with our lives.

So, let’s open up and allow our trusted Christian sisters and brothers in our hearts.  We never know just how great of an impact this genuine fellowship will have on us, and eventually we’ll have on someone else.   “I want us to help each other with the faith we have.  Your faith will help me, and my faith will help you.” (Romans 1:12, CEV)

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