Topic: Fellowship – The Mission Link [TREM Devotional 19 May 2019]
“So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.” Romans 12:5 (KJV)
The Church of today has become so caught up in the jet-age syndrome that we have introduced it to every area of our lives. We are fast neglecting one of the key reasons for gathering together in a particular location for worship, which is fellowship. We have reduced fellowship to greeting some known faces after service and at best, knowing the name of the brother or sister in the same group. The devil is using this lie to cheat us of some great things God has in store for us as we fellowship together in one accord. When Apostle Paul in Hebrews 10:25 encouraged us not to neglect the assembling of ourselves together, he had something in mind that goes beyond worship and that is fellowship. While I agree that in Church service, the ultimate audience is God, every vertical worship must result in horizontal fellowship, if your worship is to be meaningful.
Today, I have come to challenge you to go a step further beyond worship to fellowshipping with your brothers and sisters. What really is fellowship? The word “Fellowship” has synonyms that connote a very different meaning than what we have limited the word “Fellowship” to. We have taken fellowship to mean the gathering together in a place for praise, worship and sharing of the Word, but do you know that fellowship also connotes companionship, friendship, partnership, and comradeship? Let’s go a step further, “to fellowship” is also “to associate with”. Now I am sure that takes you by surprise. Let me ask you, in the light of the various synonyms of the word ‘Fellowship’, can you say have been fellowshipping each time you come to church? Yes, you have been worshipping, yes you have been a conscientious student of the Word of God, but until you begin to fellowship, in all its ramifications, your worship of God is not complete.
I challenge you today to take the mask off. Be yourself, go out of your way to build relationships and our lives will never be the same again in Jesus’ name.
Further Reading: Romans 12:4-8
Daily Bible Reading: Morning- 1 Chronicles 7-9; Evening- John 6:22-44
Written by Dr. Mike Okonkwo; Is the Presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM); a versatile man of God with over 30 years of dedicated service unto the Lord.