Saturday, January 26, 2013

Fellowship

from The Hobbit An Expected Journey 

The Hobbit, the movie based on J.R.R. Tolkien's literary work of the same name, was released over the Christmas break in the States. The first of The Lord of the Rings trilogy that came out back in 2001 was The Fellowship of the Ring. It was about the formation of the band of nine companions.

A Biblical fellowship or koinonia is not unlike the Fellowship of the Ring. It is a community on a mission. Fellowship is far more than a social gathering over a meal! What brought dwarfs, elves, hobbits and men (humans) was the common mission, a critical mission that would seal the fate and the future of the Middle Earth. They were also fighting against the common enemy.

We. followers of Jesus, forming the body of Christ, come from all walks of life. We are of different nationalities, ethnic origins, language groups, socio-economic backgrounds, cultures and traditions. What unites us is the One King to whom we all pledge allegiance. What binds us is our King's commission. We have the common Enemy, Satan and his dark army. Our mission? The ultimate mission of the body of Christ here on earth? To glorify God by bringing the Kingdom of God or the rule and reign of Jesus.

Some would say that our mission is to love God. Yes, it is the Great Commandment which also includes the command to love our neighbors. If we keep the Great Commandment, we will bring the Kingdom wherever we are here on earth.

Some would say that our mission is the Great Commission to make disciples of all nations. Yes. If we fulfill His Great Commission, we will bring the Kingdom wherever we turn men and women into the devoted followers of Jesus.

A Christian fellowship exists to bring the Kingdom of God on earth.

Some might say that the perfect Kingdom of God will not be realized until the second return of Jesus.

I would agree, for this wold still lies under the power of the Dark Lord. But I would also argue that there is more! In fact, there is far more of the Kingdom that we can bring here and now than we are made to believe and settle for. "The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil" (1 John 3:8). Do we see the works of the devil in the world today? Then we need to bring the rule and reign of Jesus to destroy them. There is more of His life, His love, His light, His liberty to experience and bring to the world!

A Christian fellowship exists to bring the Kingdom of God on earth.