Saturday, January 28, 2017
Of One Heart and Soul
Today’s Bible Reading: Exodus 21-22, Psalm 12, Acts 4
SCRIPTURE: Acts 4:31-32
32 Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul…
(Acts 4:31-32 NKJV)
This is a remarkable statement. The concept of being of one heart and soul is entirely foreign to the American culture. Oh, there may be a married couple here or there that seem to have achieved that oneness, but a “multitude”—thousands of people experiencing a deep inner oneness with each other—unheard of! How did these early Christians achieve this? Was it the commonality of the persecution they faced together? Perhaps to some degree, but I think the real source of their unity is found in verse 31:
31 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.
They were all filled with the Holy Spirit!
Real unity in the Church may only be realized amongst believers who have genuinely been filled with God’s Holy Spirit. This I must teach and preach and contend for. Yet this I can only pray and hope for.
Lord, send a fresh wind of Your Holy Spirit to Your Church. Make us willing to receive.
Through Christ. Amen. -AP