Of One Accord
Acts 5:12 “And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch.”
(Solomon’s porch was just off the main temple area. It was where the first church often met.)
“With one accord.” Here is the real power of this verse.
It means to be gathered to the Lord, Himself.
We are not come together for the preaching, or for the music, or for the company….although there is nothing wrong with good preaching, music, or fellowship of company….
….but to be of one accord….
…..Christ has to be the reason we come together.
Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three are gathered together in My Name, there am I in the midst of them.”
Gathered together in His Name, there He is in the midst.
To be gathered together in His Name….is to be impelled of the Holy Spirit.
You are there because He has sent you there….and you want to be no where else.
(Years ago, my husband knew a man that came every Sunday,…..but confided in my husband that he would rather be home watching the games on T.V.
My husband looked at him….and told him that he might be better off if he did….for if the heart is not in the “coming”…..that coldness spills out into the life and service. [Sometime we can never really see our lostness when we are hiding in a church.]
My husband had been praying for this man, and had wondered….after all this time, why there seemed to be no spiritual growth. He tried dealing with this man….showing him the wonderful things of Christ….but…
He often said the right words….but the light of the eyes and heart did not seem to be in what he was saying.
Several years past, and this man finally stayed home. He went from one thing to another…..trying the “happiness” of the world.
There are always those….like Demas….who go along awhile….yet finally leave….”having loved this present world”.
….for they would rather leave Christ than give up their loves, or plans.)
“With one accord”
Your whole body, soul and spirit longs to be where the children of God are gathered….to be there for Christ,….and for His Purpose.
That is God’s Purpose and it becomes your Purpose.
That is to be of one accord.
The Vulgar Latin word for “accord” meant….”to be heart to heart with”.
This was the way the first church met.
All would be heart to heart with the Lord…having HIs heart’s desire for this situation.
That gave a power to the services….for the Lord’s Will being done has real practical power in it….and when it is done with all the heart….there is blessing and power.
We say they were on fire for the Lord…. the love they felt for Him overcame every fear and concern.
They were forgiven and wanted to continue in the fellowship and joy of that peace with God….and with their fellow believers.
Love in scripture is willed…..it is the willed tendency of the heart after Someone….Christ.
That love is practical….and the first place it is shown is in our obedience to Him…..heart obedience.
Acts 5:32 “And we are His witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God has given to them that obey Him.”
With His accord you are “heart to heart” with Him…..and this is what He wants….
….your heart so wrapped up in Him, that slight differences with people, or changes in circumstances, will not be a concern….or take our eyes off of Him.
This is, of course, between each believer and the Lord….but it is felt in the corporate ministry….and in the world. (Acts 4:13)
Song of Solomon 2:15 “Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.”
When you take care of these little foxes…those little strifes, or desires, or hinderances in your hearts affection…..then…
…you have fellowship with Him…in a new way.
And when that fellowship continues….you will begin to know His accord,…as you are removing all that hinders this from being so.
And by many acts of the will you become heart to heart with Him…..of one accord….with the love and power that it brings.