Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
Fellowship (Part 12)
Two are better than one,
Because they have a good reward for their labor.
For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.
But woe to him who is alone when he falls,
For he has no one to help him up.
Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm;
But how can one be warm alone?
Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him.
And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NKJV)
Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying.
Mark 2:3-4 (NKJV)
It's hard to share. Watching toddlers proves it. For many, 'mine' is among their earliest words. Small children are passionate practitioners of selfishness, until parents are more passionate in its denial. Without discipline, demanding darlings become cunning kids and amassing adults.
What should we share? According to God, much: Our home, food and wealth; our mind, strength and hearts; our faith, love and prayers. Consider the early church:
'They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common' (Acts 2:42-44).
Now consider the four friends of the paralytic; they shared his tears, hope and need; they shared their time, health and plan. They raised the roof to get him help.
'For where two or three are gathered together in My Name, I am there in the midst of them' (Matthew 18:20). Where Jesus is, power is. Where Jesus is, plenty is. Where Jesus is, prayers are answered.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: The reasons for you to share with your brethren are too many to count. But think of it this way: You're opening on Broadway in the role of a lifetime. Everybody needs to see it, but the critics come first. To keep the show, reviews must glow.
In that regard, if one performer falls flat, the production may fall with him. Therein, every actor depends on every other actor. When one is weak, another must help him. He shares his talents for the love of a brother and the good of the show.
You're now performing in the Greatest Story Ever Told, Part 2: The Return of Jesus. The Star won't step on stage until the closing act. Even so, you must attract the largest audience possible to rise in earth's finale.
Therefore, deny selfishness, affirm godliness and share everything God gave you with anyone who needs it. Because nothing belongs to you anyway: 'Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights' (James 1:17).
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Fellowship series.