The Tie That Binds
A famous president once quoted this line from the book of Mark chapter 3 “if a house is divided against itself, that house will not stand”. Only in true unity and fellowship can we as Christians stand together. Christian Fellowship is found in the body of Christ-followers that use the Word to rightly divide the truth from lies. However, this unity must start with division. Not the divisions as spoken of in Titus 3:9 but the division of the body from the works of darkness as spoken of in II Corinthians 6:14-18. “For what fellowship hath light with darkness. . .” To have true Christian fellowship, there must first be a split from the darkness of this world. It is a split from pride, from selfishness, from greed, jealousy, and the other lies that tear us away from true fellowship.
Once this division has taken place, true fellowship can form from unity in Truth. When we are walking in the light of the Truth then we will have fellowship with others who are doing the same (I John 1:7). There is security in finding close fellowship with like-minded believers, a close bond that is not easily broken. When believers are gathered to fellowship in the name of Jesus, His presence will be there as well (Matthew 18:20). Imagine, the closeness and peace that come from the presence of Jesus himself when spending time in fellowship with others.
How is this fellowship truly possible? We are all different and have various gifts, backgrounds, strengths and weaknesses, and journeys. How can we possibly come to real unity to have Christian fellowship? Scripture gives us ways to answer this question. In the book of Ephesians 4:11-16 we see an explanation of the purpose of the different gifts each person is given. “He have some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man. . .” Each of our differences are used and needed for a purpose to create unity, not cause division. By the speaking of truth through love the body of Christ can grow to become “fitly joined together” in Christian fellowship.
What about our other differences, our culture and ethnicity, our gender differences, our socioeconomic status? Galatians 3:28 reminds readers that we are all one in Jesus Christ and our superficial differences are nothing. There can still be true fellowship among believers of different cultures and classes because of the love of Jesus Christ that binds us together. We have been called into fellowship with our Lord and Savior and our fellow believers to be “perfectly joined together in the same mind and same judgment” with no superficial division, sin, or striving dividing us (I Corinthians 1:9-10). Let us remember when the lies of the devil come in to divide us from our brothers and sisters in Christ that we are united in love and truth. Those are the ties that bind us together that cannot be broken.