I personally know the power of community and how having covenant fellowship can be life transforming in your own walk with the Lord. Many of us have the idea that fellowship just means a common love for pizza, small talk, and a nice clean evening of fun among those in the church. However, I agree with David Mathis when he says that fellowship really means a “partnership in the gospel.” It is a willingness to come together for a life or death mission in taking the faith worldwide and to truly get close, go deep, and exhort one another. That is so far from where what we are doing today, if we even are gathering together and connecting.
As a junior in college I started attending a weekly Wednesday night Bible Study group on campus. It was probably my second time at the group when my phone started buzzing like crazy in the middle of the lesson. I didn’t want to be rude so I just decided to call back whenever the Bible Study was over. When the group dismissed I went outside into the hallway and listened to the voice messages on my phone. It was my brother saying that my godsister was in a car accident and they didn’t think she was going to make it…
Tears immediately began to flow and I stood in the middle of the hallway shocked, alone, not knowing what to do next. I found myself walking right back into the Bible Study group of young ladies, weeping, asking for prayer. They took me in as family and I felt the love of God from their care and concern. I never expected to call me during the week and check on me. I never expected them to bring me food. I never expected them to pray with me. Yet, they were there in a very difficult time of loss in my life. That was one example of God showing me the power of fellowship and community in my life.
God uses others to demonstrate His grace and providence when we need Him. The enemy will use isolation as a means to attack you. We were not meant to go on this mission alone, nor can we be successful alone.
If you know anything about the formation of geese flying together, you know that they can teach us a lot on what it looks like to fly in fellowship. When one goose becomes ill, is shot or injured and drops out of the formation, two other geese will fall out of the formation and remain with the weakened goose. They will stay with and protect the injured goose from predators until it is able to fly again. We need our fellow believers to pray for us when we are weak and dry until we are back up again on our feet. Tell me, are you connected in the power of community? Be Blessed! Be Revealed!