Acts 2:46-47 – “So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.” NKJV
I know you are wondering what part of this I’m calling revolutionary. Well…. Notice the first few words, “So continuing daily with one accord in the temple….” They got along in Church! Wow! Sadly, I have seen more than ‘infighting’ than I would like to remember within the local congregation where people were jockeying for position and control. I have watched as churches split over internal disagreements that could have and should have been solved by biblical principles. I have watched as those outside the faith were so alienated by this type of attitude and activity that the church virtually lost its witness in the community and become a clique rather than a church. But, I have also seen churches that were so harmonious that they touched their communities powerfully and impacted the lives of members in a positive and dynamic fashion.
Imagine this fledgling entity called The Church after Jesus’ ascension having such unity that they could meet together DAILY and still get along, be in one accord, and press toward the common goal. They fellowshipped and that is not just getting together for a social event but a blending of lives, hearts, minds, and faith. They were people of simplicity, gratitude, and praise and as a result they had a dynamic impact upon their community. I suggest that we would have like results if we had like minds as they.
I have no problem with people having different ideas on many things within the church but to allow it to become a wedge that divides is not a good thing. I’m not talking about compromising your convictions or winking at sin and disreputable behavior. I’m talking about power struggles, positions and titles being allowed to become more important than the purpose for which the church was originated. Notice the last sentence where we see the LORD adding to the church DAILY those who were being saved. That says something about their daily lives and witness.
Some have the idea that you have to be in the church building to get saved but you don’t have to be in a hospital to get sick or well and you do not have to be in a mortuary to die. If the church were unified in purpose and touching its community as these we would find that Sunday morning was less of a preaching service and more of a reporting service of what transpired during the week. I’m not against preaching. I am for reaching our communities DAILY.
So as you consider the church and examine the early church, allow the Holy Spirit to mold your thinking so that your prime objective is the central purpose of God. May the Lord be with you and bless you as you go through your day!