Although there is a physical distance between us amid the body of Christ amid the pandemic, it does not mean we must remain spiritually apart. Instead, we must come together and be each other’s source of support in creative and innovative ways. Let us not focus on the distance but rather the opportunity to build closeness and true relationships that are not conditional based on running into each other at church on Sundays. It is time to reach out to one another and connect and bring about a revival in our relationship with God.
Psalm 55:14, “with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship at the house of God, as we walked about among the worshipers.”
First, I want to uncover what fellowship means according to the word of God. In Psalm 55:14, we see how fellowship is the gathering of believers and worship God in unity. Although we have gathered in churches for many years and established fellowship within church walls, Covid-19 is prompting us to step outside our comfort zone. This pandemic is encouraging us to seek God and fellowship in creative ways. The good news is that we live in an era where we can reach one another at the touch of a button. We can email, text, video chat, send voice notes, all through our phones.
We must become digitally creative and continue gathering in groups via group video chats weekly. Right now, we are being called to have fellowship outside church walls, which means that because we can connect via our phones, without setting foot outside our homes, it leaves no room for excuses. Together we must encourage each other to spend time reading and meditating in the word of God. We can partner with one another, read one scripture, and reflect upon what God may say to us. We can come together to pray and aim to become a spiritual support system. Fellowship is about spirituality—being connected to He, a spiritual being who abides in a spiritual realm.
Matthew 18:20, “For where two or three gathers in my name, there am I with them.”
The scriptures tell us God manifests Himself where there are two or three gathered in His name. Think about how you can gather with two or three trusted fellow believers at a coffee shop, at a park for a nature walk, or at the beach to talk about what you are going through at the moment. Refrain from isolating yourself. Instead, seek to build faith-filled friendships that will encourage you. Schedule a time to listen to a faith-based podcast with a few friends via Zoom so that you can talk about what you understood from the podcast. Seek ways to spend time with God’s word and God’s people.
Hebrews 13:16, “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices, God is pleased.”
Align yourself with God and with those who are on the same path as you. Be intentional about your relationship with God and with others. It may be challenging to jump on a spiritual call weekly or join a Christian book club, but it is necessary to form connections. If there aren’t any Christian book clubs, get on social media and search for a church or Christian organization that is hosting book clubs or online activities that you can join.
Why is fellowship so significant in our lives as followers of Christ? Because Ecclesiastes tells us that if one person falls, he should have a friend to help him up, but pity the man who doesn’t have anyone to help him get up. We must recognize that we will endure moments of weakness and moments where we lose focus or direction, and it is in those moments that we need our spiritual support system closest to help us get up and overcome the hurdles in life. It is better to go through life accompanied than alone without a relationship with God and God’s people.
Together we are stronger!