Fellowship upwards and then outwards with growing Christians helps binds us together in Love. I mean in close proximity with. God wants that for you more than you having mere online edification only. Sure, let's up and leave the lonely cave to seek this out in a healthy Bible study and or better yet in a strong local church. Sometimes believers feel like they just work better all alone, and sure.. workin' closely with Christ first and also with other spiritual-minded believers will be far more Kingdom-productive than merely workin' independently or with carnal, worldly believers who pull ya down spiritually. But in a general sense we believers are to unify. We are meant to work together with the Holy Spirit, following His lead moment by moment, and also with others born again in Christ's church.
That's how God wants to use us to make a lasting impact in this world gone astray. Every Christian has gifts. Every believer is indeed very important to God and all have been placed into "the body of Christ" (1 Cor. 12:27).. for a good reason. We are here for Him, not ourselves.
I want to encourage you today to focus on Christ being dependent upon Him to meet all your needs, while you also remain interdependent in His Body.. "For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. For in fact the body is not one member but many. If the foot should say, 'Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body,' is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear should say, 'Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body,' is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. And if they were all one member, where would the body be? But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, 'I have no need of you'; nor again the head to the feet, 'I have no need of you'" (1 Cor. 12:12-21, nkjv).
You know how the Lord desires that we all take part in true, edifying fellowship regularly with a local community of red hot Christians—using our God-given spiritual gifts to help build up people for the worship of god and so that His church will serve Him better. We really don't want to allow weak or spiritually-sick believers who want to grow… stay weak or spiritually sick.
"I want the whole Christ for my Saviour, the whole Bible for my book, the whole Church for my fellowship, and the whole world for my mission field." ~ John Wesley
"Those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary." ~ Paul, 1 Cor. 12:22
"Our love to God is measured by our everyday fellowship with others and the love it displays." ~ Andrew Murray
Fellowship with the Lord is of course the best! How can we be strong if we skip that for fellowship with people only, or skip all fellowship completely? We can't.
Together in the Word, believers can be used to meet needs for basic togetherness. We are a family and should act like a healthy one from a basis of spiritual health. Today it's Sunday and I am not able to go to church when I really want to be there, but I did have a great time yesterday evening at church with my second son and wife, Liney. There will be times when you appeal and want to go, but for some reason might not be able to go to church. There is no condemnation in Christ.
Yes, there will be times when you are able to join a prayerful Bible study or a worship service regularly if you just pray about it often. Let's not rely solely upon "internet church" visits (as some of my hardworking friends do). Where's the kind of accountability Christ wants us to have in that?
Together, let's love one another children of God—let's each do our part so that others may really feel that they are an integral part of God's body of faith. We work much better together than we do alone.
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