Sunday, April 19, 2009

Fellowship

Acts 4:32-35, Psalm 133, 1 John 1:1 - 2:2, John 20:19-31

It is our duty to fellowship with others in the Christian faith. It was never meant for us to have a relationship with Jesus and God and keep it to ourselves. We are suppose to spread the Gospel and bring others into the fold. Then , we are to fellowship with each other, to keep each other strong in the faith.

Fellowship was important for the Disciples of Jesus for survival. They were being hunted by the Jews and Romans alike. It was the resurrection of Jesus that gave them the common purpose of staying together and the Holy Spirit dwelling in them that bolstered their faith.

We are burdened with many things in life and are constantly being persecuted by the enemy, yet we try to abandon the very things that strengthened the Disciples through their immediate adversity. We think that we can handle it ourselves instead of letting go and trusting God.

Our faith in God and our resolve in the resurrection of Jesus Christ is our strength. When you are in battle with the powers of principalities of darkness, you have to rely on your strength. Give up your earthly pride, sacrifice your earthly ego and surrender them to God. The transformation that God will invoke within you will allow you to overcome anything the enemy places in your path.

When we place our faith in the God who can make the crooked places straight, we should have the faith that will show us how to get our lives back on track when we are led astray. That is why we must reach out to others along this temporal journey here on Earth, to build our strength and to be a blessing to others.

If you do not have a church home, find one. If you do have a church home, reach out to your brothers and sisters in Christ. The joy of Jesus is not meant to be hoarded, it is meant to be shared. Follow the commission of our Lord and Savior and spread the good news, starting with the person next to you.