As I wrap up this section, the words that strike me are in verses 44 and 46. They were “together” and in “one accord” (KJV).
It comes back to what was said in verse 42, really.
They devoted themselves to the…fellowship.
They considered time with each other to be important, and so they made it a point to be together with each other. This does not just mean once a week at the temple. They were meeting daily, not only at the temple, but at each other’s homes. More, they truly cared for each other. If they saw other brothers and sisters in need, they were quick to help them.
And they were in one accord. I really like that translation in the King James. It gives the idea that the Christians lived in harmony with one another. Or as the NASB puts it, they were of “one mind.”
Does this mean they always agreed? No. Does this mean they never fought or argued? No.
But in the end, the were able to look past their differences and see each other as brothers and sisters. They were able to see that they actually needed each other. And they devoted themselves to each other.
So often Christians say that married couples need to be committed to each other even during the hard times. Even through their disagreements. Even through the hurts they sometimes cause each other. And this is true.
But how often do these same Christians walk away from relationships from each other and it never crosses their minds that God calls us to be committed to each other too. Even during the hard times. Even through our disagreements. Even through the hurts we sometimes cause each other.
Like a marriage, this requires commitment. It requires hard work. But like a marriage, if we are committed to each other and put in the hard work, the rewards are vast.
Ultimately, we will be blessed by staying committed to each other. But even more than that, the world will see the love we have for each other and be attracted to Christ because of it. That’s what happened in the early church.
Because of the love and unity among God’s people, and all that God was doing among them,
The Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. (47)
The church has many problems; that is true. As long as the church has people in it, there will always be problems. Because Jesus didn’t come for perfect people. He came for the sick. He came for the broken. Pastors and leaders will make mistakes. People in the church will hurt each other. But will you commit yourself to them anyway? Will you lay aside your pride, and put in the hard work needed to work through the problems you have with others in the church? If not for your sake, for Jesus’ sake?
Let us always remember the words of our Lord.
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. (John 13:34-35