The word for this week is 'FELLOWSHIP'.
It is the foundation for all enduring relationships, both human and divine. Fellowship was the reason that God created Adam and Eve to begin with because our God is a relational God. He desires to share His life with others and they with Him. It was fellowship that took the initial hit when Adam chose to disobey God's will for his life. It was Adam's sin that short-circuited perfect harmony and oneness with God.
Fellowship mattered so much to God that God initiated the recovery and restoration when He came looking for Adam. God pursued the one He had made in His image; the one He longed to share His love and life with. However, fellowship would not be cheaply restored. Fellowship with God would require a high and holy payment because God is high and holy in His person. The necessary payment was made through the shedding of blood and fellowship was not only a possibility but once again a reality.
What God did for Adam and Eve by way of the blood of an innocent animal, God fulfilled perfectly through the superior sacrifice of His only Son on the cross. The payment for sin was atoned for through the blood of Christ and the purpose for it all was fellowship; oneness; communion with God.
Listen to John 17:21. What follows flows from the heart of our Lord and Savior in what is referred to as the High Priestly prayer; the Lord's Prayer, just hours before His death.
"I do not pray for these alone, but also for those WHO WILL BELIEVE ( future believers) in Me through their word; LISTEN- that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me."
God desires fellowship with those He creates even today. God desires that people who enjoy fellowship with Him experience fellowship with each other too. God reaches those who are OUT of fellowship with Him through those who are IN fellowship with Him.
No better example of that do we find in scripture than in Acts 2:42 with the assembly of believers; the ecclesia; the congregation of the church. In Acts 2 the church has been birthed by the Spirit and the church is abiding in the Spirit. Look at what follows in verse 42--"and they (followers of Jesus) devoted themselves to the apostle's teaching and thefellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers."
No person may rightly state they love Jesus and not love the church that Jesus bought with His own blood. No one may honestly say they are in fellowship with Jesus if they are out of fellowship with those Jesus redeemed with His own blood.
A sound church is founded and framed on fellowship; the kind of fellowship that devotes itself to the biblical teaching of God's word and spending quality time with one another. That was God's design for the 1st century church and it remains God's design for the 21st century church.
The adversary will continually seek ways to isolate us from one another. God would have us to come together and devote ourselves to remaining together because as one we are stronger and more secure from the assault of the enemy. This goal can only be accomplished if we are first devoted to remaining one with Him.
God spoke these words to His church many years ago. They still apply today.
"And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together,
as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching." Hebrews 10:24-25
Those words were directed at believers who were experiencing intense hardship for their faith in Christ. So whatever you are facing, fearing or fleeing from today remember the strength and security we need is found consistently as you and I remain in fellowship with God and in fellowship with one another.
May the Lord bless the journey this week with Him as you walk in fellowship.
1 Corinthians 15:58