I have been away from home for the past week, visiting family in another state.  I travelled with the children, leaving hubby to take care of the animals and keep the home fires burning.  I had a lovely time, catching up with everyone, building relationship and making the most of opportunities to share with some, about the Lord.  It was a very comfortable stay, where myself and the children, were well looked after and welcomed, but the trip has made me aware of the value of true fellowship with-like minded saints.

While my physical and even emotional needs were being met, I have discovered that I experience emptiness and a longing within my spirit when my love for God is unable to be expressed openly and fully in conversation (you must realize, I could go on all day talking about God).  While I was able to share somewhat (some of my family are Christians) I found the view of my more “radical” Christianity, is not shared by the majority of professing Christians.  A life, totally sold out to, and dependant upon God, one that does not seek the riches of this world, nor chase after earthly success, does not really sit comfortably with many.

“For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the Spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh,” Philippians 3:3

“Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern.  For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:  whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame – who set their mind on earthly things.”  Philippians 3:17-19

These are hard sayings, but ones which we would do well to be mindful of.  The riches of this world are fleeting and may be dissolved to nothing in an instant.  If we are trusting in, and finding our security in our earthly comforts, then our minds are set on earthly things.  We must be thankful for God’s provision on earth, whether it be great or small, but know that our citizenship is in heaven…and, oh to be able to rejoice regarding these things, with others!

I am getting a little off track, so I shall get back on…

The spiritual nourishment we receive when we get together with others and speak about Christ, His coming glory, His grace which empowers us and His love and holiness, is invaluable.  I can understand what it is that drives persecuted Christians to meet illegally in underground churches, and I can begin to understand how persecuted Christians, must feel totally alone in the world.  This has stirred in me the importance of exhorting one another, and where possible, to exhort Christians in underground churches and those in captivity for their faith.  Letting them know that they are not alone in the world, would be such a comfort to them.

I am grateful that I am able to meet openly, and talk about the wonderful God I serve with others who care to listen.  These times of fellowship are to be valued, and I shall make the most of every opportunity to build up brothers and sisters in Christ, in the most holy faith.