Fellowship

Jon Brown

READ : Acts 2:42

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship . . . (v. 42)

It is easy and natural to like the people that are most like you. We do it all the time. Which is why the earliest Christians devoted themselves to fellowship. A certain kind of devotion is required to be with the wide-ranging kinds of people that make up the church. If you remember the list of people in attendance on that Pentecost day you might remember how diverse they were: “Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia” and on and on the list goes (Acts 2:9-11). This was not a group of homogenous people with the same interests, impulses, and tastes. Yet there they were, all gathered around the person of Jesus because of the Holy Spirit. Initially, it may not have been very difficult at all. Over time, though, there is New Testament evidence that the diversity began to stretch that early Christian community. So they devoted themselves to fellowship.

Are there simple ways you can nurture fellowship in your community? Is it an invitation for dinner to someone with whom you would not normally interact? Is it an apology to someone you have kept at a distance even if for some good reasons? Is it a willingness to break the patterns of your usual social life to engage some other people? Fellowship requires devotion.

PRAYER

Dear Father, help us in our devotion to fellowship. Amen.