Fellowship in the Gospel
A Series on Church Membership
Do you have someone who has greatly influenced you? Do you have someone who, when you think of them, you have to thank God for him/her? Do you thank God for the gifts, the influence, the blessings, the love? The Philippians were just that for the apostle Paul. Every time Paul went to prayer he spoke up in behalf of the Philippians. He wanted God to pour out mercies on them. He wanted great spiritual blessings for them.
What was it that bound them together? What was it that could cause great fellowship between people of very different life-situations? The Gospel is our fellowship. The Gospel is what unites us. It has brought us together. From the first day until that present, joy had filled their hearts, and it was centered on the Gospel. We have the same bond. We have the same fellowship. God has poured out joy in our hearts because of the Good News of Jesus Christ. The same joy fills each one of us.
This is a great motivator for church membership. We have the same faith in the Gospel, and there is so much joy in finding a group of people to share that with in Christian fellowship. We can celebrate the Gospel together. We can thank the Lord together. We can live out the Gospel together.
So, let us be charitable toward one another and, thus, motivate thanksgiving. When other believers think of you, what do they think? Is it positive or negative? Are people thankful for you? Now, not everything we do will receive a pat-on-the-back or a thank-you-card in return, but are you being charitable toward others and giving others a reason to be thankful for your presence in their life?
Also, be thankful for those around you. Be specific when you go to God in prayer. Who has been there for you in the hard times? Who has supported you when you needed it most? Who has gone out of their way to help you? Name them to God, and like we said before, be one of those people for others.