Keeper of His Home

by Chelsea McCafferty

Sweet, Sweet Fellowship – You Need it Too

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(Pic is from my own church ladies Christmas fellowship from a few years back….lovely ladies!)

If you are the stay-at-home, mind-your-own-business, not-really-social, don’t-need-anyone, prefer-to-be-alone, just-me-and-my-family type of person, this is going to be an area of challenge for you. You see, living out the Christian life alone isn’t really what God had in mind for His people. We can see that clearly when we look at the New Testament church, following the resurrection and ascension of Christ. Scripture says:

“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.” Acts 2:42

The word “steadfastly” is translated from the Greek word “proskartereō“. This word is translated: “devoted to, adherent to, constant, steadfast, continuing at all times in a place, persevering and not to faint.” By understanding the breadth of the word, we see a little more clearly how important it was for these early Christians to be together. They were committed to it. They were devoted. They continued at all times. What were they doing at all times?

We see that they were teaching doctrine. How wonderful it is to study the Word of God. We should never neglect to do so, however, that’s not all they were doing. They were steadfast in fellowship. That word fellowship is the beautiful word “koinōnia” which means, “fellowship, association, community, communion, joint participation, intercourse,the share which one has in anything, participation.”

** Notice that fellowship is listed separately from teaching of doctrine. So many churches today do one but neglect the other. They may teach doctrine steadfastly, but they are lacking in real fellowship, and because of that the body suffers. Scripture tells us the NT church broke bread together often. They shared meals. They went from home to home. They were intimately connected with one another. They were also in prayer. Of course, it’s much easier to pray for people when you are sharing in fellowship, because you know what their needs are and your closeness gives you even more of a healthy burden to pray for one another.

God never meant for us to walk this journey alone. He loves it when His children are in fellowship. He loves knitting our hearts together. Today I made a new friend whom I’ll be meeting with weekly for mutual encouragement in the Lord. I may have only met her today, but I can say that I love this sister, and that I know the Lord is knitting our hearts together and drawing us into fellowship. We need to make these connects, be in discipleship and mentor others in the Lord. We need to build community and relationships within the church.

Look, the enemy is constantly attacking us and trying to get us to stumble. The world is dark and the days are evil. We see are walking a narrow and unpopular road. We need each other, dear church.  Let us not neglect the fellowship of the saints. Let the stronger brother help the weaker. Let the wealthy brother give of his abundance to help the poor. Let us sacrifice of our own time to be with others in encouragement. Those are the things that matter in the end.

Fellowship. Sweet, sweet fellowship. You need it too…even if you don’t realize it.

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Knit Together in Love

“That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;” Colossians 2:2
Being knit together. When something is knit together, it is in unity with another. As sisters in the Lord, we are called to be united, knit together in God’s incredible love. We are called to put aside differences in our personalities and to love one another as God has loved us. We are to bear each other’s burdens. We are to weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice. We are to care more about others than ourselves. We are to spend quality time with our brothers and sisters, as Jesus Himself did.
Being knit together is what God does to our hearts when we are willing. He is the knitter. He has the thread…the bond of perfection, which is His perfect, blind, sacrificial and unbreakable love. When we are in Christ, we are called to love that way. We are bound by love.
So is it okay for a Christian sister to dislike another sister? Is it okay for her to have a root of bitterness and unforgiveness in her heart? Is it okay for us to not show loving kindness to all of our sisters, regardless of whether or not they return our love? It’s not okay. It’s not okay to hate our sisters or to dislike them. If we are falling into that attitude and heart then we are wrong. God says to love one another for God is love!
Praying for deeper relationships to fill the churches of Jesus Christ. Praying that love and unity, not discord, would reign in the hearts of God’s people as He builds us up to be a temple and dwelling place for His Spirit.
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