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8th November 2023


Devote yourselves

After making the Lord our chief desire Scripture encourages the Lord’s people to devote themselves to several things.
We have looked into how we are to faithfully commit ourselves to prayer, the Scriptures & Apostolic doctrine.
We are also to be totally committed & devoted to truly loving one another – the hallmark of any Christian community.
Alongside these we are to be devoted to the breaking of bread & fellowship.
Devoting ourselves to fellowship will be our focus for today.


All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. Acts 2:42 NLT


Believers in the early church were devoted to other things as well as Apostolic doctrine.
One of these was fellowship. They treated one another like family as they spent time together.
They were a family on mission & they shared life (& all things – see Acts 2:44-45) together.
A community totally devoted to Christ & steadfastly committed to one another. SELAH
Fun, friendship, fellowship, family & food in an environment of generous love.
Their hearts were linked together in mutual love & respect.
Deeper than friendship & stronger than natural family ties. Wonderful!!

The believers recognized the vital importance of spending time with the Lord & His people.
They therefore made those 2 things priorities in their lives & gave themselves fully to them.
This sharing of family life, through worshipping & witnessing together, marked their community out as distinctive.
They fully participated in their partnership in the gospel & this benefitted all. SELAH
They were active contributors rather than consumers of church!!!

The writer of Hebrews reminds the Lord’s people of the vital importance of gathering for worship & fellowship (Hebrews 10:25).
We need the Lord but we also need one another. It is a TOGETHER story & journey. We being greater than me every time.
Fellowship (Koinonia) is a vibrant dynamic word that implies importance & intimacy within relationships.
To commune & communicate together in a deep & powerful way that benefits all.
It is life giving & a constant source of strength & encouragement for those participating in it.
This is the distinctive, counter-cultural, kingdom life that Christ has called us to. Hallelujah!!


For Reflection

  • In what ways & how frequently am I spending time with the Lord & His people?
  • How am I contributing to the life & fellowship of my church/Christian community?
  • Meditate upon the distinctive nature of Christian fellowship.

A song related to this theme:


Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank you that You call me wholly unto Yourself,
And also to be faithfully committed to my brothers & sisters in Christ.
Jesus thank you that in You we are held together as Your body,
Help me to treat my fellow believers with the right & proper honour & respect.
Holy Spirit give me grace to generously love all within the body of Christ,
And keep me worshipping & witnessing alongside the Lord’s people.
This I ask in Jesus mighty Name.
Amen

Written by Gareth Jones

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