Friday, 11 June 2010

Devotion: Acts 4 part two

What does it truly mean to be "united in heart and mind"? In Acts 4:32-37 we see this statement being made. At this point in the story Jesus had ascended to heaven and the Holy Spirit had appeared at Pentecost. The word was being preached and there were many new converts everyday but the bible says that:

"All the believers were united in heart and mind" Acts 4:32

It seems unbelievable that believers from all over, the Jews, Samaritans, Gentiles that had been touched both by Jesus and the early preaching were united. It makes me wonder how they achieved this especially in the light of all the differences. Today we sit in our churches and there seems to be more division inside the church much less the fact there are so many denominations who cannot agree on anything. But there is something in the story that might give us a clue.

In this part of the story we see they were united and focused on a few points. First we have the preaching aspect (verse 33). They were united in one mission getting the word out that Jesus was the saviour for all people. The second was in meeting the needs of the people (verse 34-35).

How different would our church look if each member, each of us focused our efforts on preaching the gospel and helping those in need. Would we feel more united in heart and mind with those we sit next to in church if instead of gossiping and complaining we were working together on projects that helped the community or that helped to tell someone of the love of Christ.

In my humble opinion if we were truly more like the early church and focused on the love of God and helping someone else unity couldn't help but follow. My prayer today is that I learn this lesson and focus my mind more on these two important tasks.

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