“I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the ecclesia will I sing praise unto thee” Hebrews 2:12
The great fellowship of the Kingdom is heralded in the words of Messiah quoted above. This is the sovereign delight in expectation, of Him who “is not ashamed to call them brethren”. This ultimate of fellowship is for all of us to share together in the presence of our Lord. To be in that saved and immortal throng will make every other human gratification we have sought during our life seem superfluous and empty. We will be caused to wonder how we ever placed such unseemly importance on things of worthlessness and vanity.

This picture of Christ’s unified brethren is described in Revelation 5:12 where each with one harmonious voice shall thankfully say: Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing”.

Fellowship Day by Day

Fellowship is technically a “sharing together”. In practical terms however, it is our whole life in Christ. Our fellowship is “with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christbut we need to walk together in “light” and “truth” acknowledging our sin and, through His gracious forgiveness, being cleansed from all unrighteousness(1 John 1:7–9).

Each day fellowship is experienced in the home in many ways: the wakening prayer of thanksgiv­ing for yet another day, the giving of thanks for our meals, the elevation of the mind to Divine thoughts by the reading of the Word before the children leave for school, with a prayer for the blessing of God to be with them through the day. Then there is fel­lowship as the home-maker sings hymns or hums whilst sorting the clothes or tidying the house; her reading of articles, or meditations, her care for the sick or troubled in our midst with the little note, poem, gift or plate to warm another’s heart.

In the workplace it is seen in the constant vigi­lance required to react in a principled way to the world’s vernacular, the suggestiveness and filth of those whose hearts say, “There is no God”.

“Be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear”.

He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much”, said our Lord, and so our honesty and integrity in the business world is one of the hallmarks of our spirituality before God. The presence of the Lord is with us always by His all-pervading spirit and the angelic yet unseen guides of providence. If we can always in the privacy of our minds keep the vision of God’s presence clear, it will help us to avoid the foolish reactions we may be tempted to make to the unexpected challenges of our work associates.

Every victory over such sins is fellowship with Christ, just as every failing is grievous to the holy spirit of God and His Son (Eph 4:30).

If ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own?” (Luke 16:10–12). Jesus has given us his “talent” with which to trade each living day of our life in him and in doing this the Lord’s servants need to be impeccable in handling what he calls “another man’s. Everything we handle of our own or of our employer or of the people with whom we trade is to be viewed as if it were Christ’s. He views it like that and consequently we will answer to him for how we used these opportunities to serve him. Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things(Matt 25:21).

Fellowship in the Home

Our fellowship is given substance again when we return from the day abroad to the companionship at home where the family discussion of the day’s events around the meal table helps each child to develop the necessary conscience toward God that governs thought and action. The recital of the events of the day can give to all the deeper bonding that comes from sharing each other’s experiences and for each couple, define solutions that “two are better than one” to achieve.

As the sun sets, another day of opportunity has passed never to be re-lived except by the recol­lection of memory. The family reading and prayer binds parents to children in a way that no complex series of psychological alternatives can accomplish and fulfils the oft-stated truth—“the family who prays together stays together”.

Fellowship in the Extended Family

Let us never forget the “singles” in our midst who need our prayers and involvement. When we add to their simple life the involvement of our extended family, “the sons of God”, our own lives are en­riched the more with our ecclesial companions who in their own homes do the same things, believe the same hope, in the same way confessing sins, seeking the same grace of God, experiencing the same struggles, loving the same Lord, called by the same God.

This sameness is engendered by the Word of God and therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not”.

“Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous” (1 John 3:1,7).

There is a “holiness” without which we will not see the Lord. Meeting together at the ecclesia, supporting ecclesial activities, calling on each other at home, fraternising in families, socialising and helping one another in so many personal and ecclesial tasks is all fellowship in Christ. In Christ there is no division of ecclesial and domestic life. Ye are all one in Christ Jesus.”

Fraternising in Fellowship

Some of us, in this weak mortal frame, actually have a sensitivity to crowds—an awkwardness, perhaps self consciousness about meeting many brethren and sisters at a time. We may tend therefore to avoid activities where we believe there will be a large crowd. Those who delight in mixing and chatting must feel a sincere compassion and understanding for those who cannot enjoy fraternising in such a way. The Body of Christ is composed of many dif­ferent personalities who have come from various backgrounds, but we all aspire to that one character which will be perfected in immortality, when those without number will sing together the songs of the redeemed. He that overcometh shall inherit all things”, saith Christ, and all of us by faith are en­deavouring to overcome some differing personality problems in our own lives by the Truth (Rev 21:7). We pray that faith in this vision might help us to overcome any natural reticence and give us all the courage to enjoy even now our fellowship in Christ, sharing a small foretaste of that glorious day.

The Closed Door

The ultimate loss of fellowship is to confront a closed door—And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut(Matt 25:10–12). It is only the whole life in Christ that can keep us prepared for his coming. If we divide our life up into the “God things” and the “per­sonal things” then we become the duality of person that defines the hypocrite. Those who have another life beside their life in the truth end up short of oil. The ultimate realisation of this folly may come too late, as the Lord so often warns: “Verily I say unto you, I know you not”. If we try to go in and out of fellowship in our lives the day will finally come when we can pass that way no more. The problem with this kind of life is that we can deliberately pass by opportunities for service to Christ. We bury the talent and do not promote it.

That we might appreciate that Jesus demands commitment now, he warns of the great gulf fixed between us and youthat will separate us in that day of rejection (Luke 16:26). This will be the ultimate withdrawal of fellowship which all who experience will bitterly regret. This need not be so!

The Ultimate Joy of Fellowship

Blessed are those that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city(Rev 22:14). What an ultimate fellowship experience this will be!