I grew up hearing a lot about fellowship. I knew what it was, but I don’t think I ever really grasped onto the concept until quite recently.
First, let’s start with what fellowship is. In my world, fellowship means to be gathered with others for a specific purpose and with a similar interest. For me, fellowship is being close with others so that we can not only learn more about God, but also learn more about each other, knowing that we have Christ in common. I use the words “in my world” and “for me” because I know that everyone experiences God in a different way, and they may have a different opinion on what fellowship is– and that is A-OK!
The bible talks about fellowship frequently, which is why we know it is an important part of growing in faith. In Hebrews 10: 24-25 we see how fellowship is important for encouraging each other- it says “And let us watch out for one another to provoke love and good works, not neglecting to gather together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day approaching.” You receive so many words of encouragement when you’re surrounded with a Christ-driven group of people. I can honestly say that as soon as I joined a Christian group on campus, my confidence sky-rocketed. There, with people who value Christ, you will be accepted with open arms. This group values building each other up instead of judgment and comparison.. and who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?
Another amazing part of fellowship is having people that will be there when you’re at your lowest low. These people will extend their arms so that you can get back up again, even if that means picking you up all on their own- which, in reality, isn’t really all on their own because the Lord is there through their hands and hearts. Galatians 6:2 touches on this by saying “carry one another’s burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” It is so much easier to go through something hard when you have an army of people by your side- and no, those people don’t have to be Christ-followers, but it makes it a lot easier if they are because they carry strength with them because their foundation is on Christ.
Being in fellowship with others means learning about Christ with them. Not one person knows everything about Christ, and not one person has all of the right answers. We lift each other up and serve as teachers to one another. You don’t need to have gone through seminary or major in religious studies in oder to know Christ and teach others about Him. Our God is a personal God. He made Himself known to us- to all of us!
Now, I feel the need to put in this disclaimer: I am not saying to surround yourself only with people who are followers of Christ and ditch those who aren’t. I’m just encouraging you to add a group of those people into your life.
Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three are gathered, there I am also”. I DARE YOU to find a group of people that you can be in true fellowship with to see what amazing things can come from it! Are you going to take the challenge?