walk in the word
42And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44And all who believed were together and had all things in common. —Acts 2:42-44
According to Acts 2:42, fellowship was a high priority in the early church. I mean, after “the apostles’ teaching,” fellowship was the next thing on the list. That means—high priority! Today? Much lower on the list. We’ve got to change that!
Let’s review the five basic reasons people give for not fellowshipping. Counting down from the top:
5. TOO BUSY – People are like, “I’d like to spend time fellowshipping, connecting, belonging, and experiencing the residual of the bi-product of serving, but I’ve got a lot going on in my life.” Really?! Are you satisfied that your Christian experience is like a desert because you think you’re too busy for that which is not optional?
4. FEAR – People are afraid. “I don’t know if I want people to know me. I don’t think I’m as good of a Christian as some of these other people.” That’s perception. “We all stumble in many ways . . ” (James 3:2). Don’t allow yourself the luxury of imagining that no one has the struggles that you have. Others have dealt with the exact thing that you’re facing. You don’t need to be afraid to make yourself known.
3. NO TRUST – “I can’t trust people. I can’t let people get that close to me again.” I’m sorry that happened to you. I don’t minimize it in any way. But I would plead with you to give yourself and the Body another chance. Maybe you’ve been deeply wounded. The thing you need is to let some of the precious people in the church get their arms around you.
2. Don’t need it – You are just wrong! The spiritual poverty that you feel and the battles that you go through just to do some of the basic things of the Christian life; the Christian life is not a solo sport. We need one another!
1. SECRETS – “Things aren’t going that good for me. If I let people get too close, they’re going to find some stuff out about me.” I don’t know of a better place to bring those kinds of things forward. Because I’m telling you: it’s all over the place in the church. Find a church that is not a pretend, put-on-a-front church. Find a church with Acts 2:42-44 priorities!
Prayer: Dear Father, thank You for the way You “delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of Your beloved Son” (Colossians 1:13)! Thank You for the gift of fellowship. Thank You for the evidence in my life that I can’t live a healthy life for You without regular doses of time with others who are walking with You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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