Christian Fellowship, as used here, is a reference to the interaction among Christians that often gives us the energy and support we need to keep doing God’s will. In II Thessalonians 3:13, Paul urges his readers not get weary.
The text reads, “And as for you, brothers, never tire of doing what is right.” Some people quit because they are not in close enough relationship with those who can help them.
In this devotional, let’s focus on how Christian fellowship can give us the needed strength to keep serving the Lord. One of the many places that Christians ought to enjoy one another’s presence is in the worship service.
There is therapeutic power in an enthusiastic worship service. Christian worship should be like a “pep rally for Jesus.” Colossians 3:16-17 says,
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
As important as the devotion leaders, clergy, and singers may be, all believers have a part to play in worship. Christians are to participate, not just spectate. As those around you observe your “amen,” “praise the Lord,” and “thank You Jesus,” they often gather strength for their journey.
This is especially the case, when we can worship God, in spite of the troubles that we are going through.
We never know who needs our affirmations in worship. We never know who is running on empty and need our raised hand, rocking, or body language that shows we are on the Lord’s side.
And then there is the importance of smiling, shaking hands, and greeting fellow believers. Romans 16:16 talks about greeting one another with a “holy kiss.” A holy kiss may be a bit much for us today (smile); however, we should at least have some acceptable level of affection. It is embarrassing that athletes show more affection for one another than believers do.
There is power in Christian fellowship. Being regular in enthusiastic worship and in the midst of those who affectionately greet and encourage one another can give us the energy to avoid quitting.
Self Examination 1. Can you see how enthusiastic worship can give you strength to go a little further? Explain.
2. Can you see how something as simple as a smiling, greeting others, and warmly embracing other disciples can help you hang in there a little while longer? Explain.
3. What will you do to improve in this area?
Prayer Great and awesome God, the God who puts the right people in the right place to keep me encouraged, it is to You that I pray. Thank You for how You give me what and who I need at the right time.
I admit that there are times when I do not pay attention to what You are doing. Please forgive me and help me to be more discerning of the power found in Christian fellowship. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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