Monday, August 5th, 2013
Success Strategies (Part 32)
And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
Hebrews 10:24-25 (NKJV)
I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
John 17:20-23 (NKJV)
If 'Bad company corrupts' (1 Corinthians 15:33), then good company cleanses. 'For where two or three are gathered together in My Name, I am there in the midst of them' (Matthew 18:20). 'And the Blood of His Son Jesus cleanses us from all sin' (1 John 1:7). What company is better than Jesus? Surely none, but note the inviting presence of your Christian brethren.
The uplifting fellowship of your brothers and sisters in Christ is a safeguard in this world of strife. Jesus told His followers to 'Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature' (Mark 16:15). But consider their first missionary assignment: He sent them out 'Two by two' (Mark 6:7, Luke 10:1).
Because 'Two are better than one... they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion' (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10). Because 'Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another' (Proverbs 27:17).
So they could 'Consider one another in order to stir up love and good works' (Hebrews 10:24). So they could 'Comfort each other and edify one another' (1 Thessalonians 5:11). 'For we are members of His Body, of His Flesh and of His Bones' (Ephesians 5:30).
Here's how 'Go into all the world' and godly fellowship work together: It's like going to work in the morning (two by two, even if Jesus is your only Friend for a short time) and coming home every night--to your family in Christ: for rest and renewal.
Because you work better that way--and you are protected. Therein, good fellowship is a success strategy.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Success Strategies (2013) series.