walk in the word
3I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, 5because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. 6And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:3-7
Genuine fellowship requires commitment. Philippians 1:5 tells us, “…because of your partnership (or fellowship; it’s the same word) in the Gospel from the first day until now.”
Notice,“from the first day until now.” Starting in a relationship is easy; continuing in relationship is difficult. I think of Bill and Nadine Martin who were part of the original eighteen people that started Harvest. I could fill books with the stories of the things that we’ve experienced and have had to overcome together. It’s not easy to be in one church for decades. There are no enduring relationships without forgiveness. And that requires commitment. The greater glory goes to Jesus Christ—not when we take our marbles and go home because something didn’t work out the way we wanted it. The greater glory goes to Jesus Christ when we pursue and persevere in relationships in spite of the shortcomings that we see in one another. It’s not about you or about me. It’s about growing in love together for the glory of Jesus Christ.
Here are four things that break down commitment and destroy fellowship:
Where there is no commitment; relationships can’t experience the fellowship Christ desires for us.
Prayer: Father, You demonstrate commitment at a level that constantly amazes us. You love us when we don’t love You; You pursue us when we run from You. You practice commitment with us and remind us that You’re in it with us for the long haul—even eternity! Thank You for Your commitment to us that makes our commitment to one another possible. In Jesus name, Amen.
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