Fellowship is Sexy?
What comes to mind when you think of fellowship? A little blue-haired lady holding a barrel of mashed potatoes heading to the church picnic?
Decidedly, not all that sexy (though I’m not judging).
Fellowship is one of those churchy words that has lost a lot of meaning through the years, but it’s as important in concept and practice today as it ever was.
5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. (1 John 1, emphasis mine)
I’m no Greek scholar by any stretch of the imagination, but I did look up the word fellowship and besides meaning association or community, one of its definitions is “intercourse, fellowship, intimacy.”
He’s wearing his business socks…
Excuse me? Yes, you heard it right. The fellowship we have with the Spirit of God and with each other is likened to the most intimate relationship a man and woman can have.
- Makes sense when you realize the type of fellowship the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit have. There is no greater intimacy. They are united and one in word, vision, and deed. Jesus prayed on our behalf in John 17 that we “may be one just as you are in me and I am in you.” We are intended to have this same level of fellowship–incredible!
- Makes sense when you realize His promises, covenant, and connection to all the saints are in the context of family–the most intimate relationships we know.
So pass the mashed potatoes, but fellowship can’t end there. What wonderful depths and truth await us as we grow in this intimacy and grace! Intimacy in relationships doesn’t just happen; neither does sex for that matter (I don’t care what those two teenagers said about tripping and falling on each other). There is a choice and pursuit, and the same is true of fellowship.
Slightly misleading title aside, this is obviously not about sex, but it is about how God has linked us to the core of our being. We were created with this capacity and responsibility.
Do you see intimacy in your fellowship with God and others in the Church? How? If not, why do you think that is?
This post is part of the One Word blog carnival hosted by Bridget Chumbley where this time we discuss Fellowship . Head on over to read all the posts there!