Like many other places we visit, oftentimes as we enter the church organization, we come with our best faces permeating the atmosphere. However, to say the least, there are those who disregard this pretentious behavior all together and their faces speak multitudes and it spreads throughout the atmosphere, as well.

In either regard, the heart of the matter reveals what we do not see and, oftentimes, it is painfully relevant that people are suffering, neglected, and discouraged, whether it is physically, mentally, or spiritually. As we regularly attend church and have occasional fellowship, sometimes much more is needed. Mind us, we live the union of mind, body, soul, and spirit, and we must nourish them all, so they thrive.

“What profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; not withstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?” — James 2: 14-16

There are those who do not save face and their expressions and behavior are indicative to negativism, and neither have anything to do with support or fellowship, just a need for more of the gospel character. Their behavior exemplifies a relationship with God or a lack thereof.

We must understand we can bring tension or positivism into the house of God and either we will promote the flow of God entering His house or the enemy.

I’m most intrigued by humanity, as I once spoke with a young lady who had been terribly aggravated over the phone while others were around her. Before she knew it, she took control of the run around she was getting and spoke up. Then she realized the people that were there and thought, “I’m a Christian. I wasn’t supposed to do that.” Actually when I heard this, it was quite refreshing because as Christians we’re not robots and we don’t always have that face on that says, “Everything is OK.” It’s not realistic. To stand up for yourself correctly is but a strong move.

The situation she encountered happened away from her church. As Christians, fellowship is needed outside the organization of the church so that we are available and aware of viewpoints and the means in which we are to edify and uplift one another. “Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” — Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

As we understand that God is in control, we may not always see clear but He can bring things back into focus. “But as it is written, Eye have not seen, nor hath ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.” — 1 Corinthians 2:9 

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.” — Romans 8:28

The joy of fellowship with Christ is that He is with us as we sleep, meets us in the morning and is with us as we traverse the day. We should as Christians be present for one another as there are various components to each of us. This is the rhythm of the gospel character and the sound of the word of God exemplified in your life.

Pamela Young is a native of Goldsboro, a 1990 graduate of Goldsboro High School and author of two books. Share your thoughts with Pamela at breathofapoet@yahoo.com.