They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the fellowship.—Acts 2:42
I read a passage in a book that said: “We can only get to know ourselves and others to the extent that we tune in to the heartbeat of the universe.”
Here is a psychologist, a non-Christian, attempting to put into words one of the greatest truths of Scripture—namely, that it is only as we have fellowship with God that we can experience fellowship with ourselves and others. What a pity he could not see that what he calls “the heartbeat of the universe” is the heart that was broken on the cross.
Isn’t it sad that so many philosophers and scientists come so close to seeing the reality that lies behind the universe and yet, for some reason, sidestep the great issue of entering into a personal relationship with God? They struggle to know the secrets of the cosmos, and yet miss the “open secret” of God’s revelation through Christ which He laid bare at Calvary. Instead, they try to achieve fellowship through psychological processes that leave the heart estranged.
The astonishing rise in our day of the “group therapy movement” testifies to the need of the human heart for fellowship. Almost every country in the world reports a rapid rise of small groups meeting together to encourage, confront, and stimulate one another toward good emotional health and maturity. The world is waking up to the fact that we are made for fellowship. Oh, if only they could see that fellowship which does not begin with God, does not begin.
Father, I am so thankful for the discovery that fellowship cannot be produced by trying but by trusting. It begins and ends with You. Take me deeper into Your heart that I might take others deeper into mine. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.
1Jn 1:1-7; Rm 1:11-12; 12:5
What is the purpose of fellowship?
Who do you have fellowship with?