These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren. ~Acts 1:14
We live in a time where there is great division and lack of unitedness. There are divided thoughts about how the government should be run, money should be spent, and how to protect our country. Among Christians, there is division about how to worship God, the priority of the church, whether God has predetermined who goes to Heaven and who goes to Hell, what version of the Bible is best, and how to follow the Lord. The Bible says “these all continued with one accord.” The church God blesses is one that continues in one accord.
We see the problem.
Disaccord and disunity results in non-productivity and failure. Disaccord is when people are adamant about following their own agenda and clearly do not accept the mission of the church. Disaccord means there are competing ideas and philosophies that are trying to overcome the other. When Jesus ascended back to Heaven, there could have been competing special interests that could have made a play to have their voice heard about an area of preference. In that upper room were the remaining eleven apostles, the women, Mary the mother of Jesus and His half siblings. Each could have said, “I think Jesus meant we should do it this way.” Be careful of letting your pride and your personal agenda be the driver in the church. Otherwise, you will be causing division and heresy.
We see the priority.
These all continued with one accord. The priority of every church member is to continue with one accord. Paul said we should endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Long before Paul wrote about the importance of having the mind of Christ and being likeminded, the church was in one accord. First, let us be in one accord in our passion. We should be passionate about our Lord, His Word, His mission and the body of Christ. Second, let us be in one accord in our positions. Don’t use your influence as a leader for personal gain. Don’t be a Christian who bullies other believers or is harsh and even abusive in your communication. We must give honor one to another. We must submit ourselves one to another. Third, let us be in one accord in our purpose. We are to glorify God through the preaching of the gospel, the winning of souls, the building up of disciples and the church, and serving one another.
We see the practice.
“These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication.” They were in one accord when it came to praying. Paul said about praying in the church that “first of all prayers supplications and intercessions with the giving of thanks be made for all men.” The church prayed Peter about of prison. Church members must continue in prayer and supplication. “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting” (Acts 2:1-2). They were in one accord for power. The Holy Spirit endued these people with great power over and over for the propagation of the gospel. In Acts 4-5 God blessed this church with great boldness and power to witness, great grace for giving, and great fear for His name. The essential for ministry effective praying, effective witnessing, effective giving, effective holiness, and effective growth are only possible where there are people in one accord.
One accord reflects that great minds think alike! The greater goal is the glory of God and the advancement of his church. This morning seek to be of one mind.
Have a harmonious God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Exodus 36-38