There is nothing that I love more than fellowship. Recently I worked on a team with ladies and 1 man that had similar taste, interests and beliefs and I made some wonderful new friends. It was such a joy getting to know them. I don’t think I could ever have too many friends. They are like precious jewels or works of art, each one unique and valuable; one of a kind.
So why is fellowship so important? Is it really a human desire? Is it a requirement for happiness?
On the PBS Blog, “This Emotional Life” it states:
“One of the clearest findings to emerge from research into happiness is that we are social creatures. All of us need other people in order to be well and thrive. We feel better just being around other people. And we need close relationships in order to be happy.”
It’s true; we were created to care for one another. To desire deep long lasting relationships that help us get through life with all its many challenges. In Genesis 2:18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone.
When we look deeper, we not only need to have people around us, we need fellowship. We long for those relationships that connect us to people that have similar interests and values. This deep connection to one another brings us joy and gives us a feeling of acceptance and love as we participate in fellowship. In Acts 2:42 we read; They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Their beliefs connected them and their fellowship sustained them.
God created us not only to desire fellowship with others but to desire a relationship and daily times of fellowship with Him. He truly desires this quality time with us because we read in Exodus 20:5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God. God wants our love, fellowship and devotion; He absolutely hates it when we put other things before Him in our life. I know I have done some soul searching lately and I have recognized things that I am putting in front of God and I need to step back and get my priorities straight. This happens very easily so it’s important to stop and evaluate often and ask God to show us what we need to change.
God loves us so much He created other means of Grace and fellowship just for our benefit. In 1 Corinthians 1:9 we read, God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. God loves us so much that He made a way for us through Jesus Christ. Then in 2 Corinthians 13:14 it is written, May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
What an awesome God we serve. He loves us from the moment we are conceived and is present throughout our lives drawing us to Him for that wonderful fellowship we can have with Him. He sent Jesus so we could be set free from the penalty of sin and the Holy Spirit so that we have His presence with us if we desire it. It’s a wonderful thing.
Back to the fellowship of people; I know for some it is hard to meet people and establish a group of friends that they can meet with regularly. This is where a relationship with God, through Jesus Christ begins to work in our hearts to make us ready and able to reach out to others in a kind and loving manner. This important step will draw likeminded people to us. The Holy Spirit will gently direct us as we begin to rely upon the Lord more each day. This is a very peaceful and joyful way to live as we begin to connect in fellowship with other people who will love and accept us as we are, just as God intended.
It has been my experience that God brings the right people at just the right time. It is a matter of faith and trust and the belief that He is working all things out for our good. Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
My prayer for all of you is to first seek the fellowship of our Lord through Jesus Christ and enjoy the love and guidance of the Holy Spirit. May you take wings and step out in faith to establish those long lasting relationships that will provide you many wonderful years of fellowship and fun. Fellowship makes our lives the best that it can be.
To all my new and old friends, thank you for accepting me and loving me and for all the wonderful moments of fellowship we have enjoyed together.
Author of the book, S.O.A.P. How To Clean Up Your Stinking Thinking One Day At A Time www.sallystierhoff.com
Who is Sally? I have been very happily married for 31 years and we have four grown children and 7 grandchildren.