TODAY'S WORD FOR Friday, September 29, 2017:
Sharing together; companionship; association of persons having similar interests.
God, who has called you into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ, is faithful. I Corinthians 1:9
Finally, all of you be in one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, and be courteous. I Peter 3:8.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
God's purpose in creating Adam was so He could have fellowship with him. God saw that it was not good for Adam to be alone (Genesis 2:18) so He created Eve to be his helpmate so that they would have each other to fellowship with as well as have fellowship with God. When Adam and Eve disobeyed God their sin separated them from fellowship with God.
There are just too many "pressures" we face in today's world to live without friends, communication and fellowship. Fellowship is the sharing together of our time, our talents and our treasures with others. It also includes the sharing together of our thoughts, our concerns and our joys.
In the age of the computer, the cell phone, iPods, and the internet, many people live as “loners.” It is just them and their electronic devises. People do not seem to know what it is to have true fellowship. Fellowship has become texting, twittering and writing on face book. In restaurants we watch people, seemingly unable to get through a meal without using their cell phone, let alone say a word to anyone they are eating with. The technology of these devises makes it possible to be in contact with others, but it is a poor substitute for real fellowship.
We especially need fellowship with our family. This includes daily communication with our spouses, our children and our parents. For many today time for fellowship is difficult to schedule in our homes. We use the word schedule but fellowship should be desired and come naturally to a healthy and functional family.
As believers the scripture tells us that we should fellowship with other believers. This is why we need churches, Sunday schools, Bible classes and small group studies. These all provide places and programs to not only grow in our faith but to give opportunity to have fellowship with other believers and share our faith in the Lord.
Christian fellowship combines social and spiritual interaction. Fellowship among Christians is unique because it is made possible only through a true relationship with Jesus Christ. Believers by their faith in Jesus have a common bond. We are all His children.
But most important we need to have daily fellowship with God. As Paul tells us in I Corinthians 1:9, God has called us into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Sin broke the fellowship Adam and Eve had with God. Our sins keep us from fellowship with God. To have fellowship with God takes a commitment that includes reading His Word daily and communicating to Him through prayer daily.
God's Word makes us aware of our sins so we can repent and confess our sin to the Lord in prayer. The 133rd Psalm is only three verses long but David wrote clearly in this Psalm for us that fellowship should be our purpose in life. He says, “How good and pleasant it is for believers to dwell together in unity.”
Peter writes in I Peter (above) that as believers we are to be all of one mind. This involves an agreement in doctrine -- what we believe -- but also in our practical aims in life. This is not the way the world thinks. Today the attitude of most is “Every man for himself.” We are not to render evil for evil but have compassion for one another, love one another and be courteous.
In Galatians 2:9 we read the account of when James and John, who were pillars in the church of Galatia, heard that Paul and Barnabas were leaving to minister to the Gentiles (known as the heathen) they gave them the right hand of fellowship. In other words, they gave them their blessing and assurance of their prayers and support. As believers, we need to extend our hand of fellowship to those who are ministering for the Lord by praying for them and giving them support.
Fellowship is important for believers and their families. It holds a family together. Make sure you also are having fellowship daily with your Lord and Savior. That is the source for our strength and our direction to live a Christ honoring life.
Our memory verse for this week is found in James 4:7.
Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you
Thank You, heavenly Father, for making it possible for me to have fellowship with You because of the gift of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Help each one in my family to make it the priority to have fellowship with You every day, and to have fellowship with each other.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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