God is faithful, through whom you were called INTO fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. (1 Cor 1:9)

Is FELLOWSHIP therefore, a “MEANS” or an “END”?

That is to say, is it a “means” to something else, or an “end” in itself, of its own accord?

If we are called INTO fellowship or UNTO the fellowship, then it is an END and not a means.

And if it is an END of itself, how important is that!

We can say, we have arrived! There is no more need or searching to do anything else!

Other than that which takes us to that END.

What then can be said of other “Christian activity”, that we do and have?

Can you identify from what you do and are involved in, whether it is a MEANS or an END?

What of preaching and of teaching the gospel? A means or an end?

What of the gifts and the power of the Holy Spirit? A means or an end?

What of pews and placards and podiums and programmes and power points and party hats? A means or an end, or something else?

What of love?

What of salvation?

What of the glory of God?

What are we reaching toward?

What are we reaching for and aiming to attain?

Anything that is a justifiable MEANS should be taking each one of us and all of us to that glorious END!

Otherwise, why do it?! For what gain? To what end?

Is it not, as Paul describes the calling UNTO the fellowship of our Lord Jesus Christ?

And that, forever?

After all, what is left, after all is said and done?

Are we experiencing NOW, that eternal life and fellowship with His Son?

That we may know Him and He us?

And sup.

Consider then whatever it is that you do, and decide whether it is a means or an end.

It will help determine what is of importance and what is of highest value and of greatest pre-eminance.

It will help decide where effort and energy and expense should be placed and upon what.

And it will help to decide where our fragile time is given.

And on what, or upon whom, it is spent.

May it be upon Him and for Him, who is the Alpha and the Omega,

The beginning and THE END.

He who says what he means and means what He says.

He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

Not a dead END.