As iron sharpens iron, so a person sharpens his friend. (Pro 27:17 NET)
If you know me at all you would know that I love to fellowship. What is fellowship and why do I love it so much? The interesting thing about me also is that as much as I like to fellowship, I also enjoy being alone. I really get a lot out of simply spending time in prayers, reading a book or just doing any activity all by myself. Lets get back to definitions. What do I mean by fellowship?
By Fellowship, I mean a time spent with other people sharing your thoughts, experiences, goals, plans or any other mutually agreed aspect of your life. In the last couple of months, I have had a strong desire in my heart to connect with other pastors in my city Kingston and I have been meeting an average of about 2 every month. As I meet this pastors, men and women who are committed to serving the Lord and His children I have discovered 3 things about fellowship.
1) Encouragement – When you hear other peoples stories you realize that you are not alone in your troubles or you discover that you are actually doing better than you thought or that others who are doing well now have been where you are now.
2) Challenge – Many times while I am with other pastors remember things that I may have started some time ago and then allowed to stagnate as a result of distractions. I am usually also challenged by the depth of knowledge of some of the pastors.
3) Protection – As I am developing friendships with the pastors in my city, I sense that if I suddenly begin to teach or subscribe to a doctrine that is scriptural I have more people in my life that can step in to lovingly challenge my position.
Having said all these, I must mention that fellowship must be intentional for it to be sustained. Although fellowship can be initiated randomly, it can only be sustained intentionally because there are many things that make it difficult for us to fellowship such as
- Busy Schedules
- Fear of rejections
- Past experiences and more.
The key to staying in fellowship for me has been the understanding that God has deposited in my brothers and sisters some of the things that I need to maximize my effectiveness as a minister.