By Jannie Linney
According to the crowd you are hanging out with, you may be familiar with this word or you may not. This is a Greek word translated in the Bible as “fellowship,” or “communing” also meaning “sharing in common.”
When a person is born again, becomes a Christian, they have a hunger to commune, to have fellowship with like-minded people. “That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus” [Philemon 6]. If we are in Christ, then He is in us! Then we are one body with all Christians no matter what Nationality we are. The devil is so — trying to divide us, he knows “United We Stand” he hates us as Christians, no matter our color.
A person that is saved and on their way to heaven not only wants to have fellowship with God and the people of God, they want to tell, they want to acknowledge all those good things He paid that awful price for. Communing, sharing is making a contribution into the situation. We want to share Him with others. Jesus said, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, [no matter the color], baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” [Matt. 28:17-19]. For true Christians, this is our “Great Commission.” The government is on our shoulders because we are His Body. We are one body and one blood. [Acts 27:26-28].
You have heard that old saying “Birds of a feather flock together” or a pig will return to wallow in the mire, the Bible says a dog will return to its vomit. All this sort of classifies the animals of the world in reference to the actions of people.
One of the biggest complaints we hear of people who don’t want to go to church, is they don’t want to be around all those hypocrites. I apologize for Christians that are living in open blatant sin, that is sure not pleasing to God. We have to realize some people are new Christians and don’t know any better. There are some that have been wrongly taught, taught that after they go to the front of the church, they can live any way they want to and still go to heaven. The Bible does not teach that. We are in a learning, growing process. Once we realize something is wrong, the Bible says to run from sin. Once we know something displeases our Heavenly Father, it hurts our heart to do it. We want to have fellowship with Him. “For if we sin willfully after we received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sin” [Heb. 10:26]. We should look and act more like Jesus now, than we did last year at this time.
Jesus was the only perfect person to ever be on earth. He had to discipline the Disciples. In fact, He said He Chastens those He loves. Wouldn’t it be better to Koinonia, to Fellowship with some imperfect Christians, than to buddy with those who are on their way to hell? I think we forget those are the only two choices. It’s up or down. “It is appointed to man once to die and then the judgment.” No second chance! Think about it. If you are born again, it would be good to fellowship with Christians. If you are not saved, the bible says, “Today is the day of salvation.” None of us are guaranteed tomorrow. Eternity is forever. Why not start your fellowship today. True Christians have more fun than any other group. Ask Jesus to forgive you and come into your heart. Then Koinonia, have fellowship with Him! He will lead you into all truth.