On One Accord

On One Accord by Kirk Hunt

Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

Philippians 2:1-2 NKJV
Please also read Philippians 2:1-18

The collapse of the physical building was the most visible (and final) sign of a flawed community. The lack of cooperation or collaboration among the residents fostered further deterioration of their shared residence. Without accord and unity, death and destruction almost inevitably followed.

Years of warnings from experts did not bring community or unity. The easily discerned physical conditions in the building did not foster cooperation or cohesion. Only the roar of collapse, the cries of the trapped, and the silence of the missing forced unified effort.

The Church, the universal community of Christians, is in a similar situation. Years of warnings from Bible scholars and Church leaders have not fostered community or unity among God’s people. Too many believers discount or discard the evidence of discord visible to their own eyes.

It is not too late for God’s people to work together. The Church, through the power of God and His Holy Spirit, could be a unifying force in the nation and the world. First though, we must be on one accord. Are you ready to set aside your individual concerns for our joint mission?

Think: Unity gives God’s people strength and fosters advancement of God’s Kingdom.

Pray: “Lord, help me to foster unity and cooperation in Your Kingdom.”

Copyright © July 2021, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is brought to you courtesy of CadreMen Press. You can purchase a copy of Blessed and Blessing: Devotionals For Gospel Champions from your favorite bookseller or directly from CadreMen Press.

Gathered In His Name

Gathered In His Name by Kirk Hunt

“For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”

Matthew 18:20 NKJV

God’s people must gather.  Perhaps, they are gathered by a cause.  Perhaps they are gathered by the call to worship.  Or service.  Where a small number of men and women who are true Christ disciples gather, Christ also is present.

We gather for strength of numbers.  Even if that is only or two.  Leviticus 26:8 promises that God’s faithful people will have an impact out of proportion to their numbers. 

We gather for accountability.  James 5:16 directs us to confess our errors to each to fellow believers.  Who better understands the successes and failures of the Christian life than faith Christians?

We gather for fellowship.  1 John 1:7 reminds us that we walk in the light with other believers.  Since we are going the same way, would it not be better to walk together in friendship and mutual aid?

We gather for joy.  Acts 2:46-47 prove God’s people know how to have a good time and not be hung over the next day.  God’s presence among His people adds, if not multiplies, our joy, peace and comfort. 

If you are one of God’s people, you should gather with us.  If you are not one of God’s people, you should come and see what we are talking about.  After all, there even two or three Christians are, Jesus is there also.

Think:      I must gather together with men and women of Christ.

Pray:         “Lord, help me to find my place among Your faithful people.”

 

Copyright © July 2019, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is brought to you courtesy of CadreMen Press.  You can purchase a copy of Blessed and Blessing: Devotionals For Gospel Champions from your favorite bookseller or directly from CadreMen Press.