The Acts of Disciples
They Are United – Part I
Scripture Reading: Acts 4:32-37
Key Verse: Acts 4:32
All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had.
The title of today’s devotional describes one of the reasons the early church became so strong; they were united.
When a group of people unites, they are always a stronger force than individuals that go their own way. This strength can be for good, or it can be for evil.
You may have read about the Tower of Babel. People were building it during the time when everyone spoke the same language. Their motivation was to “make a name for themselves”, a selfish and prideful thing before the Lord. Read God’s response to this endeavor:
The LORD said, “If as one people speaking the same language, they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.” (Genesis 11:6)
Nothing would be impossible for them because they were “one people speaking the same language”; in other words, they were united! People united to accomplish a task is a powerful force. And, conversely, where there is disunity people can do little.
One would think that in the Body of Christ, Christ-followers would be united. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. It is more common for churches to suffer disunity than unity. There are many reasons, but the major factor in why churches in North American have lost a tremendous amount of respect and growth is the lack of unity.
The division in churches over the most insignificant issues astounds and dismays me. For example, churches have seen widespread division over the wearing of a mask during the recent pandemic. Future generations are going to look back and wonder how a mask could cause so much trouble. No matter what side of the fence you fall on this subject, do you really believe it should be an issue that divides the church?
May God help His people to unite and become once again a force for matters that have eternal consequences.
I wonder how God feels about His people ignoring the millions that die of starvation and the hundreds of homeless people around them, yet they fight each other over trivial matters. Join me in a crusade to bring back unity to God’s church!
Father, forgive me when I get so passionate about relatively unimportant things, and show little concern for what matters so deeply to You. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.