In America, our culture is busy and quite honestly a bit self centered so we don’t leave much time for fellowship with others. Career obligations, children’s activities and other things can leave us so busy that we don’t have time for fellowship; it just becomes one more thing that we have to do. We can even become too busy by doing “good” things at church, but if it takes time away from God and from fellowshipping with fellow believers, we are in a dangerous spot for our spiritual growth. Please look at what believers were doing together when the church was experiencing an amazing movement of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2:42-47.
There are several points in these verses that show why the church was growing:
- They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching
- They devoted themselves to fellowship
- They ate together
- They prayed together
- They helped fellow believers in need
- They worshipped God together
- They were glad to be together
We most definitely grow in our alone time with God, but He created us to need fellowship. When we are with fellow believers, we grow and learn from each other and are encouraged by what God is doing in the lives of the people around us. I just recently talked with a friend, who is facing a serious health issue, but she shared with me what God is doing in her life and I was very encouraged! Not only am I praying for her, but I am encouraged at how God is working in her life despite what she is facing. It is encouraging to see faith in action.
When we are doing what God wants us to do, we have a joint purpose and goal. We have unity. When we are united, it is amazing what God will accomplish within the church and outside its walls. Please look at the last half of verse 47, “And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” Fellowship with a foundation in Christ changes lives and the world notices. Please look up Galatians 5:13-15. We are to serve one another in love.
Are you enjoying loving fellowship with other believers?