In Search of Fellowship: Part 4One of the cries of our hearts is that of companionship. We all long to be part of a group and to know that other people care about us. This sense of companionship is best experienced when people come along side us and help us through the difficulties and problems of life. When people sacrifice their time, money, and resources on our behalf we know that they value our relationship.
As individuals we have the ability to choose how we will use the blessings God has given to us. We can hoard our time and resources or can give them generously away. The chooses we make reveal much about who we are and the faith we have in God. The apostle Paul wrote:
For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don't use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: "Love your neighbor as yourself." But if you are always biting and devouring one another, watch out! Beware of destroying one another. (Galatians 5:13-15; NLT)We have been given freedom and in that freedom God expects us to choose to serve each other. This is how true fellowship is built. It is not always easy to serve one another because rarely does it fall conveniently into our lives, but it is what God expects of us.
This reminds me of an episode in Jesus' life. Jesus spent a day teaching and an evening in prayer. The next day Jesus wanted to go to a quiet place with his disciples, but the crowds returned expecting more teaching and healing. Jesus didn't send them away, rather, out of compassion, he served them.
Through our sacrifice people come to understand that we love them and desire to have a relationship with them. The world is full of people who are to busy or don't care and so that makes it vitally important that we take the time to serve one another in love. That is how true fellowship is born.