All saints, that are united to Jesus Christ their Head, by his Spirit, and by faith, have fellowship with him in his graces, sufferings, death, resurrection, and glory: and, being united to one another in love, they have communion in each other’s gifts and graces, and are obliged to the performance of such duties, public and private, as do conduce to their mutual good, both in the inward and outward man.      

 -Westminster Confession, XXVI:1  

 

It’s no secret that today scores of lives and relationships are at the breaking point.  As followers of Jesus, we need to do better than refusing to be square with one another.   

Like Doc Holliday (who I mentioned in the last post), it can take a life altering or ending event to shake us free.  Being able to level with one another starts with being honest with God and ourselves—once we do that—we can begin to walk in community with one another.  Wikipedia states, ‘Koinonia’ is the anglicisation of a Greek word (κοινωνία) that means communion by intimate participation.  It’s basically where our word fellowship comes from (so no, the word fellowship isn’t some cheesy word your pastor thought up in describing mid-week meeting just to be weird).  The idea comes straight from the Bible itself, and we see it lived out beautifully in the early church.  But not without the participants being willing to bare their souls and share their sufferings, burdens, losses and their joys—one with another.  The book of Acts records that they came together daily—in other words—they very regularly participated in the lives of one another.    

How about us?

I have a brother and a sister of my own who both have families of their own.  However, a part of having a healthy and rewarding relationship with either of them is by the grace of God—and somehow attempting to participate in their lives. 

And it requires intention and sacrifice.    

 42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.   (Acts 2:42-47, ESV)

What are you a part of that’s more important?

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