Here is a something that I wrote back in 2010 as an article in my church’s newsletter, that serves as an example of how important fellowship is to living out God’s will for each one of us:
Many times we hear the word “fellowship” during many of our church services and programs. But, what does the term truly represent in the Christian community and how are we supposed to really fellowship amongst each other. What does God really want from us when we fellowship with one another? The word fellowship means companionship from a denotative point of view. What the does the word mean from a Christian’s perspective? I John 1:6-7 reads,” 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth, 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” So we must be in fellowship with each other to get closer to God’s truth which is living in the light because God is the light. When we as brothers and sisters in Christ realize the truth then we must seek that truth together through fellowship and prayer with each other, then the blood that Jesus shed for our sins can truly transfigure us.
We see God showing us the strength of fellowship in the world news every day, particularly in the case of the Chilean miners who were trapped in a mine for over 2 months in complete darkness. We heard of different accounts of various things or fears that the miners had to endure; however one miner’s role stuck out to me the most. He was one of the older miners and the one who was the sickliest, dealing with various health issues like diabetes, but his role as the group’s spiritual leader help build their bond and was their calm in the midst of involuntary exile. Without his heart-felt prayers to God, and the groups unyielding hope in God’s power they were able to fellowship with each other in hopes that their darkness would soon turn into light. Through their fellowship one to another and understanding that God is the light, they were delivered from their darkness without any casualties or broken spirits. Like one of the miners stated when he was interviewed by a reporter, “the Devil and God had a war over me and God won,” that statement punctuates the strength in fellowship. The Church must use fellowship as one of the weapons God has provided for us to ward off the Devil’s sedulous attacks toward Christians. We must take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness, instead expose them. Ephesians 5:11 reads, “11 and have no fellowship with the fruitful works, but rather reprove them.” So when the secular world see Christians in the joy of fellowship, we are merely sending a message that we are the light of God and are not cemented in the darkness of the world iniquities. So, I ask you again, what is God’s purpose for fellowship between Christians? It is clearly the vehicle that navigates us to the light at the end of the tunnel, which is a beacon of fellows into God’s Kingdom. Christians take joy in fellowship one to another, because it is the part of God’s will and is important in our walk as Christians and becoming a citizen of God’s Kingdom. Remember the things we do here on Earth is a rehearsal for what we have in store in Heaven, so let’s fellowship here as we will do in Heaven. God Bless!!!