What kind of difference would unity make in a church?
If the church body were unified many if not all of the following could become a reality:
The return of a Christian government in our nation.
The implementation of the Bible and the ten commandments in schools.
The return of prayer in schools.
A stronger voice in our communities.
Souls won for Christ.
Less struggling churches built on rebellion.
A higher level of submission to spiritual authority.
A heart for the hurting.
Less uncared for widows.
Less lack and poverty.
What if the modern church acted like the early church we find written about in the book of Acts?
ACTS 4: 32-36
All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all. There were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need.
Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means Son of Encouragement), sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet.
How much more effective we would be as a church body if no one lacked anything? What if the billionaire Christians recognized the benefit of having no needy Christians in their church or the surrounding communities? What if each person had to work a little less hard to pay their bills? Don’t get me wrong I believe all of us need to work. But, how much more time would we all have to evangelize and bless those really hurting if we didn’t spend all of our time and efforts trying to pay our mortgages?
This isn’t me telling you that if you are rich you should be giving it to the less fortunate in your church or community… it’s God. He established the early church. They were led by God to function the way that they did. Those with land and great possessions sold those things and gave their increase to others so that they might be more effective for the kingdom. It’s not about us and our stuff. It’s about seeing the kingdom of heaven expanded on this earth.
Less of us, more of Him!