In Acts 2:1 there are three words, ‘with one accord’ that have tremendous meaning. I personally have pictured this scene like this. There were about 120 folks gathered. In order to be in one accord there must have been some serious repentance and forgiveness. Here is the Strong’s definition of with one accord: being unanimous, having mutual consent, being in agreement, having group unity, having one mind and one purpose.
This was the beginning of the new church. In Acts 2 Peter spoke to the crowd. Verse 41 says, “Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.” 3,000! Verse 46-47 says, “So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.”
Their being with one accord bore fruit that glorified the Lord. What about the church today, the body of Christ? The enemy has stepped in to bring division through this whole covid epidemic! In Ephesians 4:1-3, Paul exhorted that church to, “…walk worthy of the calling…with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
Here is our oneness. Verse 4-6 says, “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” This is our clarion call for unity. It doesn’t matter whether we get the vac or whether we don’t. We need to see the issue at hand. The enemy has come in like a flood to devour!
Galatians 5:15 says, “But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another!” I call Romans 12:9-21 the Christian Magna Carta. If you haven’t read it in a while, I encourage you to do so and hold it up as a mirror. James 1:23-24 says, “For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.”
How were we? Ephesians 4:17-18 says that we were futile in our mind, our understanding was dark, and we were alienated from the life of God. At salvation, we were redeemed, bought back from the slave block of sin. Yet, when we act out in our flesh, we are walking again in darkness. Romans 13:12 says, “…Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.”
1 John 1:7 says, “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” How do we walk in one accord with those who differ from us? We stay on common ground through essential truth. Anything that does not pertain to eternity? It is a waste of time arguing about. Ephesians 5:16 says, “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” We could put an exclamation point behind this verse. Redeeming means: to rescue from loss. I encourage you to evaluate your heart before the Lord. Are you redeeming the time He has given you?