FELLOWSHIP: The Central of Human Creation.
Fellowship, the central of human creation
At the heart of human creation is the longing for communion, companion and fellowship. Fellowship is one of our central makeups. We were built into it, and are supposed to experience and enjoy it because really, we are wired for love and belonging.
We were never made to exist alone.
I usually do not have attractions for large gatherings because to me, I feel it doesn’t allow enough room to really bond with other people. Sometimes, I have to do a little work on my mind when I want to attend very large gatherings. I love it when it is just a few people with whom you can have a chat with, discuss, share, and experience fellowship either in a faith based gathering or not. I have grown to love fellowship and my life has been centered around it.
After creation, the only thing God saw and said It is not good was the absence of a companion for Adam which led to the creation of a helpmeet (Woman) for him; someone who was also going to serve as a companion for him too.
The practice of Eden was fellowship, both horizontal(Man-Man) and vertical(God-Man) fellowship. My favorite book talks about fellowship as being pleasant and good always something desirous.
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity” – Psalms 133:1
We were never created to be alone.
The Ubuntu culture
Ubuntu is an African culture of human solidarity, where we experience our environment together and support each other for the common goal of everyone.
Ubuntu says “I am because you are“, I am human because I belong, I participate, I share, which is what humanity is about, FELLOWSHIP.
“We are wired to be caring for the other and generous to one another. We shrivel when we are not able to interact. I mean that is part of the reason why solidarity confinement is such a horrendous punishment. We depend on the other in order for us to be fully who we are. The concept of Ubuntu says: A person is a person through other persons”- Desmond Tutu, The Book of Joy; Lasting Happiness in a changing world.
A part of the big plan
Many a times, we just want to be by ourselves because of the number of unfair treatments we have received from close associates, and families; and we think it’s just better to be alone to avoid unnecessary headaches that comes with relationships. Adam must have thought the same way too to reply with (though paraphrased) ‘was it is not the woman you created for me that gave me the apple to eat? If you had left me alone now, maybe I wouldn’t have eaten the apple‘.
But then, in God’s grand scheme of things, we were made to dwell together and with Him. Man is always shortsighted. Literally, we cannot see beyond the minute we are currently in and God says “I know the end from the beginning, come let me show you…”
Fellowship is not only in marriage
We were not meant to do life alone.
This statement doesn’t in any way translate solely refer to marriage. Even though marriage is great, fellowship doesn’t translate to marriage only. You can be single and have a healthy relationship. You can be single and still have great fellowship with other people of the opposite gender. Alright?
“If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”- African Proverb
Belong to a community whose goal is in line with yours and are going in the same direction as you. Participate, contribute, and get involved. It is too stressful going through life alone. Be open to give and receive love, be ready to help and be helped because we won’t be in this world forever. In God’s big plan, you are very crucial, so contribute your significant quota and make the world a better place for you and I to live in.
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