“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly, you are doing the impossible.” ~ Francis of Assisi
Fellowship sucks until you find yourself in the midst of wonderful people, and you suddenly understand what a blessing you nearly missed out on! I’m not a fellowship guy by nature – at least I don’t think so. But didn’t God create us to fellowship? It’s in our nature to want, need and desire fellowship. God was the one who looked down and said “It’s not good for man to be alone.” In fact, I believe God created us not just TO fellowship but He created man out of His own desire to fellowship as well. We are created in His imagine and given that He put in us a great deal of His own nature, fellowship is something we all crave and… need.
What do we gain from fellowship? Shared struggles and triumphs. Prayers are exchanged, encouragement’s offered and wisdom shared. To resist these things is to yield to the selfish nature that comes with the original sin nature we also are born with. Funny how fulfilling fellowship is once I’ve been apart of it. Yes… it can be draining. Yes… it IS time-consuming. And yes… it is also a needed and wonderful way to find yourself being blessed and encouraged in ways not previously imagined. The Lord loves fellowship… and I should, too. Peace, Sean Gutteridge
1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
1 The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will.
2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the heart.