The Christian walk is fellowship with the Lord
Fellowship….what is it?
Fellowship in the Hebrew means to join with.
Fellowship in the Greek means to partnership, a sharer with.
We often think of fellowship as talking….prayer time. This is true, as far as it goes….but fellowship is entering into, as much as possible, the things of Christ…
There is the fellowship of HIs sufferings:
As John at the last supper, leaning his head on Jesus shoulder when he heard of the betrayal…..for he shared the grief that it brought Jesus heart.
He could not be a sharer of the Passion…but he could share the grief of the heart of Jesus. (John was the only disciple at the Cross….and became the care giver of Mary, Jesus Mother. John 19:26-27)
Paul said he had fellowship with Christ’s sufferings, in the perils and trials he bore (Philippians 3:8-10)….
….for when we suffer for Christ’s sake….we are sharers with the Purpose of God for Christ and HIs children. Suffering first, glory last.
Romans 8:17 “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him , that we may be also glorified together.” ( also see: 1 Peter 4:12-13)
(And it is also true, that Christ has fellowship with us in the pain we feel, the hurt we know, and the anguish we experience.
Christ said to Saul on the road to Damascus…”Why persecutest thou Me?” It was the Christians in Jerusalem that Paul had persecuted, yet Jesus knew each blow, each pain….for we are His.)
There is the fellowship at HIs table:
The disciples experienced this even after His resurrection….when Jesus called for them at the Sea of Galilee….”Children, have ye any meat?” (John 21:5)
Here, Peter was restored….here, the disciples left off every other plans, and gave themselves to the Lord, for His next work….the work of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 1:2-5)
(In Laodicea, as with the disciples and Peter at Galilee…no matter our past failures;…….we are called to “come and dine” in fellowship with Him….(to sup)……and to set things right….and go on in the fullness of the work of the Holy Spirit, for these times:
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.
To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with in My throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with My Father in His throne”. Rev. 3:20-21)
There is the fellowship of life…or fellowship of being.
When Peter and Andrew were called to follow Christ Jesus, they answered (Mark 1:16-18)….
….not with words,…but by leaving all, and going after Him. They continued to go after Christ, for the next three years….
…through joyous reception….and the knowledge of the Pharisees anger.
Yet as Peter said, when some followers decided to leave Him…..”Lord, to whom should we go….Thou has the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that Thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.” (John 6:68-69)
There is the fellowship in prayer.
Though prayer is not the only means of fellowship, yet we are to “Pray without ceasing
Luke 11:9 “And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”
There is more of the Holy Spirit, the Lord wants you to have….ask, seek, and knock for Him….”how much more shall your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?” (Luke 11:13)
Ephesians 6:18 “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”
(This “watching” is the same as Jesus said, “Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.” (Mark 13:33).
We are to have union with the Lord in this….we are to stay awake, and wait….watching for Christ’s return….and also how we can help our brothers and sisters in Christ….near and far….through our prayers.)
Fellowship is partnership with Christ. As they treated Him, the world will treat us.
Yet we are not to be sad….
….or to look for trials….
…but simply to follow on after Him….and join Him in what comes.
That is our walk…..yoked with Christ (Matthew 11:29-30)…
……yet as with yoked animals, there is always one that is stronger,…one which sets the pace, and turns into the direction. This is Christ Jesus.
Our walk is over mountains, through valleys….up against enemies,….
….and helping His own.
Partnership….a sharer with Christ….this is what we are called to.
Will we come?