Come Apart Together
Verse 31b “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”
Yesterday we talked about how we need to take a break from intense thinking. As we conclude our study of rest we turn to our need of social rest.
There is a fine line between being social and fellowshipping. While one can be beneficial to our Sabbath day rest the other keeps us from finding pure Sabbath rest. Even those among us who are introverts have a need of fellowship. Fellowshipping is a necessary part of our Christian lives. We need to have interactions with fellow believers to help us grow and give us encouragement.
Now this fellowship is not a gossip session as that falls in the social gathering category. The reason we need to take a social rest is that our eyes can easily turn from Christ and the reason for a Sabbath, to the social situations that consume our thoughts the rest of the week. God calls us to step away from the social aspect of life so that we can rest in Him and regain our focus.
So what is the difference between being social and fellowshipping? Fellowship is defined as friendly association primarily with those of common interests. This means that fellowshipping is the act of friendly association. So while we can easily chat socially with others on a surface level, to fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ we need to take it to a deeper, more intentional interaction. Fellowshipping includes things like praying together, taking communion together, and encouraging each other to walk closely to God.
The social rest of Sabbath opens us to opportunities of true fellowship with those we come together with on Sundays. Just as Jesus called His disciples apart for a time of rest from their work of ministry, we are called to come together weekly to rest in His presence together. We are called to fellowship with Him together.
We also need to come into one on one fellowship with Him. He wants a relationship with us and that takes time spent together. We need to be serious about being in fellowship with Him and not just have a social association with Him.
Making It Personal
How would you describe your interactions with other believers, do you socialize or fellowship? Do you have a social or fellowship relationship with God? What do you need to do to improve these relationships?
Making It Personal Kids
What is a way that you can fellowship with other people at church? How do you interact with Jesus? Who can you try fellowshipping with this week at church?
Father, thank You for calling us out of the crowds to fellowship with You and each other. Father, please grow our relationships with other believers, especially those in our own congregation. In Jesus’ name, amen.