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The “Accord”ians

October 1, 2006

Philippians 2:21 reads “For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s.” It’s a tragedy today that churches are filled with rebellious, self willed, and self serving christians. This is not to question a persons salvation, nor is it a blanket observation of all. Nonetheless, carnality is run amuck as we pursue success and material acquisition to the point that the will of our Lord Jesus isn’t taken into account.

In the future, I’m planning to post on some of the attributes of the first christians; their steadfast faithfulness to Jesus despite the incredible trials of their faith, their consistant prayer life, their evangelistic endeavors and their unselfish behavior. Tonight, however, I want to focus on their being in agreement. As you have read so many times, on the day of Pentecost, the disciples were with one accord. They were seeking the Lord wholeheartedly with a complete absence of self-will.

If a group of saints come together, even today; each one is completly focused on seeking the Lord Jesus, no thought given to time or the opinions of others, and no thought given to self serving desires, you would be amazed at what would transpire. One of the biggest problems today is the “me”attitudes. We want to be blessed; we tithe for the primary purpose of being blessed in return, and we’re too focused on ourselves. Acts 2:44-46 reads:

 “And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their posessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart.”

In other words, they pooled all of their physical resources, gave to the needy were seeking God in unity, they were “happy”, and their heart belonged to Jesus. Compare that to the name it and claim it message that’s so popular in todays generation. As you read about the first christians, it’s heartbreaking to think about how far removed we are. This year saw the one hundredth anniversary of the Azuza street revival and most full gospel churches today don’t even bare a resemblence to what transpired then. The falling away is in full swing and a spirit of slumber is gone out across the land.

One casual observation. I’ve been with churches where the worship was awesome, the time around the alter was ever so sweet, the preaching was exactly what was needed, and somehow, the Lord was done working at exactly the same time each week. (During the Azuza street revival, the meetings were going 24/7 as folks were steadfastly seeking the Lord Jesus; leaving only to tend to necessary matters in this life then rushing back) Getting the “me” out of things isn’t easy but it’s an absolute must if we’re going to grow into the fulness of Christ. As I write this, I’m pointing a finger at myself as I’ve had to wrestle with selfish desires and other things that work to scatter rather than to gather. We need to be with one accord; praying for each other and not taking into account our own selves. Because we are bought with a price and are not our own. It’s my prayer that we would all seek the Lord Jesus in all sincerity and singleness of heart. If we do this, the rest of the things will come into perspective.

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