Jump to Prayer FocusBible Passage for Meditation: Acts 1:1-14
Key Verse: “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
When I think about unity in the church, I immediately think about Acts, where the believers gathered together in like mind and with like purpose.
Acts 1:14 tells us, “These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication.” In Acts 2:1 again we find that “they were all with one accord in one place.” This is where the church caught fire, literally. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit could not be mistaken by those in the room. This is also what Jesus wants for our church today: that we will be in one accord, united in a bond of brotherhood that nothing can shake.
In my life (I’m sure this is also true for many of you), the evil one has tried to break bonds and ruin relationships. What is one place that he attacks me the hardest? In my relationships in the church! Yes, time and time again he has tried to drive a wedge between me and the very ones that I should be most united with, my brothers and sisters in Christ. This is what we must guard against today.
As a church, we face many challenges and now more than ever are liable to wound and hurt one another. So how do we relate to those with whom we may disagree? The world is watching, waiting to see us fall, waiting to see us show ourselves to be mere hypocrites.
Mrs. White tells us, “It is not the opposition of the world that endangers us the most; it is the evil cherished in the hearts of professed believers that works our most grievous disaster and most retards the progress of God’s cause. . . Harmony and union existing among men of varied dispositions is the strongest witness that can be borne that God has sent His Son into the world to save sinners. It is our privilege to bear this witness. But, in order to do this, we must place ourselves under Christ’s command. Our characters must be molded in harmony with His character, our wills must be surrendered to His will. Then we shall work together without a thought of collision” (Counsels for the Church, pp. 44, 45).
She finishes that thought with this: “Little differences dwelt upon lead to actions that destroy Christian fellowship. Let us not allow the enemy thus to gain the advantage over us. Let us keep drawing nearer to God and to one another. . . . The Spirit of God alone can bring about this oneness. He who sanctified Himself can sanctify His disciples. United with Him, they will be united with one another in the most holy faith. When we strive for this unity as God desires us to strive for it, it will come to us” (Ibid., p. 45).
Let it be our prayer and goal that God will give us oneness through His Spirit! Let the greatest bonds of unity be with our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Heart Prayer Challenge:
Dear Heavenly Father, You’ve told us in John 15 that the world will hate us if we are following You as we should. If they hate us, that is okay. But let them not hate us because they find us to be hypocrites or mere pretenders to the faith. May they instead see us working together as a united body in love, filled with the power from on high. This is a big miracle that we pray for. But we know we are asking these things according to Your will. Thank You for hearing this request. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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