Have you ever considered what Christian fellowship means to you? What it means to your children? Christian fellowship acts like a spiritual tuning fork. Christ’s voice resonates with his children through others. We hear his voice; his Spirit acts to move our spirit, provoking us to action and good deeds. We are able to listen to him and act, not only for our benefit and blessing, but for the lives of others and their families.
John 10:27-30 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”
Gathering at a local church and neighborhood bible study are essential to our growth and spurs us on to love and action. A tuning fork left to itself, isolated, sitting on a desk or in a box and untouched, is inactive and silent. However, when it stands next to others, who are already ringing with the same resonance frequency, it will sympathetically resonate and produce the tone it was made to do from the start.
Like tuning forks, Christians left to the themselves are more inactive, becoming less vibrant and productive, as they are not as buffeted by the resonance of their Christian brothers and sisters. We were made into new creatures by Christ for a purpose. We were not called to live the same way as before our conversion. We need to be actively seeking out fellowship to renew our strength and desire to love others and produce good deeds.
Hebrews 10:24-25 “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 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.”
I know that my bible study actively stirs me on to be the best parent that I can be on a daily basis. Their prayers, advice, and exhortation have changed my daily life, increased my joy, and more importantly have led to direct benefits for my children.
Christian fellowship is not just another group event, not a team, not a club, not an interest group. It is nothing less than changed lives.
What are you doing with your spiritual tuning fork? Is it set apart in a box, bursting to be used? Open it! Let the Spirit of Christ work in and through you. The ring of Christ is beautiful music – like none other. The Spirit will do the work. Just bring your tuning fork near others, and let God’s Spirit grow the fruit. As Jesus said, a light is meant to be used rather than put under a bowl (Mathew 5:15). As God changes you, watch others lives be change by your own willingness to have fellowship with them.
Questions to contemplate:
- When have you been spurred on to love and good deeds by Christian fellowship?
- Who can you spur on by meeting together?
- How can you prepare yourself to be in resonance with your church and bible study?
- If you are not in a bible study or a regular at church, ask God to give you guidance on where to search and how to prioritize your schedule to be able to attend a fellowship.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. 2016 (Jn 10:27–30). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. 2016 (Heb 10:24–25). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
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