Athlete, Link Arms with Other Believers
Hebrews 10:24-25 (ESV)
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
The Greek word for fellowship in the Bible is “koinonia.” It implies sharing, mutual participation, close and intimate friendship and community.
Fellowship is very important for followers of Jesus.
God tells us in Hebrews 10:24-25 that we can’t neglect to meet with and be in relationship with other Christians. As we read the Bible with, pray with, worship with and share our joys and struggles with them, both our love for God and love for one another will grow.
Some would say biblical fellowship can only occur when the Bible is being opened or when prayer or worship are happening. While those things should be part of it, it also can happen without those things present.
Christian community is active whenever those who share the common interest of loving and following Jesus gather. Jesus says, “For where two or three are gathered in My name, there I am among them” (Matthew 18:20).
Maybe it’s at church or a Bible study. Maybe it’s at a restaurant sharing food or playing games together in a friend’s home. There is an unspoken understanding among Christian friends that we are on the same team with common interests, goals and hearts.
When we meet together in fellowship we pursue God, share our joys and struggles, pray for one another, encourage one another, hold each other accountable, and also have fun and make memories in a way that pleases God.
Whether it’s blatantly spiritual activity or just doing life together, let us not give up meeting together!
Reflect: Brainstorm 3-5 close Christian friends you already have or could begin pursuing friendship with. Reach out to them to begin gathering together regularly to encourage each other in the Lord and do life together.
A prayer to consider: Father God, I praise You for Your design for us to not walk this life alone but to do it with others. Please give me deep friendships with others who are following You, to pursue You with others by studying the Bible, praying and worshiping, as well as to do life and have fun with them.
Use them to encourage me, and use me to encourage them. In Jesus’ name and for Your glory I pray. Amen.