When I was little (around kindergarten age), I remember having this really strong desire for all the kids in my school to get along and play together. I had this huge dream that no kid would ever feel left out, everyone could come together to play games, be friends, and just feel welcomed and included.
It's been a few years since then and I still have that same strong desire. It might not look quite the same as when I was five, but harmony and unity are at the very heart of that desire.
These days we're bogged down with negativity. We're so bogged down that when the slightest positive thing happens, when the slightest kindness is shown, we announce to the world "faith in humanity restored!"
What if we discovered a unified human race that was unified against cruelty, evil, hateful speech and actions? What if we valued every human life? What if we sought to make sure that everyone was (and felt) included in our wholesome fun? What if everyone's needs for food, clean water, and shelter were all meant not by some program, but by our collective generosity?
See, 5-year-old me wasn't dreaming of something silly. She was dreaming of what this world could be. She was dreaming of unity, harmony, and good. Isn't that what we truly desire, deep down?
Read Acts 4:32-37
It's not such a silly idea to consider what a unified world would look like. In fact, such an idea existed. Maybe not in terms of a unified world, but a unified collection of believers in Jesus Christ. At this time, there wasn't a denominational division. They weren't arguing over paint and carpet colors. They weren't arguing over politics. Their heart was focused as one on One. They focused on Jesus.
When we focus on Jesus, political affiliation doesn't matter. When we focus on Jesus, worship style, carpet samples, and paint colors don't matter. When we focus on Jesus, needs for food, water, shelter, etc are taken care of. When we all focus on Jesus, the world just sees Him!
Unexpected Unity: What We Learn
When we're unified, we're unstoppable. Genesis 11:1-9 teaches us that we're unstoppable when we're unified. What if we're unified for the right reasons? What if we're unified with Him? When we're unified WITH Him, we're unstoppable!
The first believers were "of one heart and soul." They were focused on Jesus. They were unified in Him. Everything is "little stuff" compared to Him. His mission was important, His mission was worth more than little stuff that wouldn't survive this life. You can't take any "stuff" with you to heaven, so why hold onto it with a death grip?
When we're unified, needs are taken care of. There wasn't a needy person in the early church because those who had plenty chose to give freely. When we're unified in the mission to be His hands and feet in the world, the needs are taken care of.