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Being of One Mind

Acts 2:44

And all who believed were together and had all things in common.

profileDid you have any family events over the holidays at the end of last year?  Maybe a Christmas party where the whole family gathered?  Maybe a New Year’s Eve gathering where loads of family and/or friends gathered?  At times it is neat getting together – if you like crowds!  Will you have or attend a Super Bowl party?  If your team is in the game – they are a must for sure.  My team isn’t in the playoffs so I have been watching them from a far – lol.

Are you the type person who likes people to get along – agree?  If so – the early church would have been a nice place to be for a variety of reasons (not the martyrdom of course but for the community feel).  Today’s passage talks about the early church being together and having things in common.

Here’s an earlier passage that speaks to this as well.  Acts 2:1 – When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place.  Another translation reads this way – Acts 2:1 – And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. KJV When Luke writes that they were all in one accord in one place he wasn’t suggesting that they were in a Honda (lol).  They were striving to be of one mind – the mind of Christ.

Being of one mind is not something we see too often in the church today.  I heard of a church not approving anything until they were of one accord – one mind.  In most churches – nothing would get approved.  There are too many people – pastors included at times – who have their own agendas rather than seeking God’s agenda.

Luke continues to tell us about this harmony in the early church in today’s passage.  Acts 2:44 – And all who believed were together and had all things in common.  Although the church today doesn’t perfectly resemble the early church we could strive for more harmony in our meetings – in our daily lives and in our decision-making.

Some have suggested that the current system of government for United Methodist Churches doesn’t lend itself to working together (so many committees and so many agendas).  Some pastor friends of mine have reduced the number of committees – some even have only one with 10-12 members – making the majority of the decisions for the church.  I wonder how this is working in these churches.  I know that my church seems to have a committee for everything imaginable.  Ad hoc teams or ministries for specific events might be good – reporting back to the main body.  If we could trust the 10-12 people to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leading to guide our churches – just think of the man and woman hours freed up from committee work to do other ministry work.

OK – I’m getting away from the main topic – unity – being of one mind.  I’d love some suggestions on how the church today could be more like the early church.  How can we promote unity in the church?  How can we develop a like-mindedness with Christ?  How do we learn to work together for common causes and for the common good?  How do we develop the mind of Christ in our leadership and in our membership?

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

P.S. – Are you wrestling with your sin today?

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January 15, 2014 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal | , , , , , , , , , ,

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