Summary: How does a committed Christina promote unity within the body of Christ?
In our passage, when we are told that the church in Jerusalem was “all together,” the emphasis is not only on the fact that they were in a particular place, but that they met with a particular purpose. The description here is not just one that speaks of their physical location, but also of their spiritual condition. There was, in the fellowship of the early church, a oneness, an accord.
The secret to their oneness was that they shared common commitments. Specifically, there were three commitments which significantly contributed to their experience of unity - commitments which every committed Christian will share with others who are truly committed in their desire to follow Christ - commitments which contribute to unity within God’s family of faith, the local church.
A committed Christian advocates for Christian unity; and he advocates for Christian unity through encouraging . . .
1. A common commitment to the Lordship of Christ.
The Bible tells us that there were 120 who waited in Jerusalem for the coming of the Holy Spirit that Jesus had promised (Acts 1:15). For 10 days, they waited for the Spirit’s coming and spent time in prayer. Why did they wait for 10 days? Because they were committed to doing what Jesus had asked them to do.
But it is important for us to understand that not everyone who had encountered the risen Lord shared their commitment. In 1 Corinthians 15:6, we are told of how Jesus had appeared on one occasion to over 500 people after He was resurrected. So, out of at least 500 people who had the risen Lord appear to them, only 120 were committed to obeying His instructions to wait in Jerusalem until the Holy Spirit had come.
There are those today who, despite having a relationship with Christ, are not fully surrendered to the Lordship of Christ. They may be part of the membership of the church, but they are not part of the fellowship of the church.
You see, the strength of the church’s fellowship with one another is directly related to the strength of the church members’ commitment to living under the Lordship of Christ.
When God’s people are each focused on the Lordship of Christ, their focus is on something far more important than the things which, too often, are allowed to divide us.
Christian conflict mediator, Blake Coffee says that the secret to unity is a commitment to finding the answer to one question, “What does God want?”
That is the question the committed Christian asks himself each and every day. Which his why he will be used of God to promote unity in the body of Christ. He will remind others that we must all always seek an answer to that question, regardless of what issues are under consideration.
A committed Christian advocates for Christian unity by choosing to live under and encouraging others to likewise live under a common commitment to the Lordship of Christ.
But he also advocates for Christian unity through encouraging . . .
2. A common commitment to loving one another.