Intentional Fellowship

I was talking to my son the other day about friendship, and how difficult it can be to find true friends......brothers that will drop everything in a crisis and come running. I explained that most of us have numerous acquaintances, but very few friends. I am not sure if its a cultural thing these days, but I don't think it was always that way.

It used to be that people had to talk to each other to get anything done. Long conversations over a meal or around a fire were common. Taking the time to get to know someone was essential if you wanted to succeed in business, especially when you could not run a background instantaneously through Google. Relationships were developed over time and intentional fellowship.

Christians don't have the monopoly on fellowship. Its something all cultures have done over thousands of years. The issue we run into today is prioritization and honestly, laziness. We don't need to sit down with someone today to get to know them, or at least that's what we tell ourselves. Just follow them on Instagram or look at their Linkedin profile. Many of us are isolated, working from home, or just feel that the pressures of life take up all our time and developing solid relationships outside of work is not worth the investment.

This is the trap. Complacency can infect many areas of our lives.

Proverbs 17:17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.

From the perspective of the friend in this scripture, its saying that he must be ready to help his brother. To be prepared to drop everything and run toward the crisis. From the perspective of the recipient of this proverb, Solomon is saying that there are people born and prepare to help us in time of trouble.

If we are not developing relationships so we can respond when our brothers need us, and reach out when we need help, we won't make it. Be intentional in your relationships. Prioritize fellowship in preparation for those times of crisis. It may save your life and the lives of your loved one.

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