What makes a fellowship?

To Follow Jesus

My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.

May/June 2016 Issue –  The Presence of God‘You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.’ Psalm 16:11

The text set for today’s reading and meditation:

John 17:20-26 (NIVUK): ”‘My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.

I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one – I in them and you in me – so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.’”

Selwyn continues with his discussion on Christian fellowship and he says that meeting together with other Christians is one of he most effective and fun ways of experiencing God’s presence.

This next comment made by Selwyn is very important and it is worth our time to meditate upon these words: “In a number of churches known to me the people have a common tradition, subscribe to a common creed, share a common form of doctrine but do not belong to each other.

They think that sharing  common beliefs makes them a living fellowship but it does not. What makes a group of Christians a living fellowship is their desire and willingness to open up to one another: ‘do’ life together and share at the deepest level.”

Don’t you think that Selwyn’s words are quite challenging?  It takes a lot of effort and trust in God’s love to open up our inner selves to each others – even in a church environment. Seeking the Holy Spirit’s help, through prayer, is a necessary and important first step in the process of opening up to one another.

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