“The Message is the same, our Mission remains.”
All throughout history, we have seen a storyline unfold before us: a great tapestry woven by God in the very fabric of our times. The day in which we are living is truly significant in the whole narrative of God’s redemptive plan. Scripture holds that a time is coming when all things will be restored to the One who made all things and slowly but surely—the Kingdom of God has been unravelling, on the path to perfect fulfilment.
The King to which this Kingdom belongs is looking for people who would relentlessly pursue all that He had started. Paving the way for all mankind to enter into the Kingdom, Jesus lived a servant’s life and died a criminal’s death for us. That same message of Christ and the salvation he offers to whoever believes endures. Now, we are purposed to abide in Him and fight the good fight of faith. For ages past, this message has been spreading and it has come to great fruition. To whoever has been chosen and called, the mission remains to go beyond—towards the ends of the earth—to proclaim this good news!
That’s not to say that the very first messengers of this Gospel did not have their fair share of suffering and persecution. For healing a man in Jesus’ Name, Peter and John were actually arrested, interogated, and imprisoned by the Jewish council. And yet Acts 4:21 tells us,
“And when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way to punish them,
because of the people, for all were praising God for what had happened.”
After they were released, Peter and John were reunited with the Church and told them everything that they had experienced. Acts 4:24a then records, “And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God” and prayed about the whole matter, lifting it all up to God.
The phrase in bold is actually just a single word in the greek which means to be in “One Accord”
“One Accord” Gk. ὁμοθυμαδόν
homothymadón (hom-oth-oo-mad-on’ )
| Def’n. : with one mind, with one accord, with one passion |
A unique Greek word, used 10 of its 12 New Testament occurrences in the Book of Acts, helps us understand the uniqueness of the Christian community. Homothumadon is a compound of two words meaning to “rushalong” and “in unison”. The image is almost musical; a number of notes are sounded which, while different, harmonise in pitch and tone. As the instruments of a great concert under the direction of a concert master, so the Holy Spirit blends together the lives of members of Christ’s church. (*Thayer’s Definition)
The word used to describe what the early church did in response to the overwhelming perseuction and suffering they were facing during their time was to be in “one accord, lifting their voices unto God”. It was an act of deep, communal, and personal worship that helped them to overcome all that they were experiencing.
The great thing about all these is that God has called us together to fulfil this very privilege. He made us all to be part of the body, the bride, the Church of Christ. He planted us to grow together and bear fruit that lasts. He brings us to be in ONE ACCORD that we may fulfil the great commandments of loving God and loving one another and fulfilling the great commission of Christ to spread the Gospel and make disciples.
We are called to move as one body with our head, Christ Jesus. The very hands and feet of the Lord are still present to this day through those whom He has chosen to move and go beyond the realms of comfort. Working and worshipping together, we find our true delight in knowing that God’s purpose is coming to fulfilment and that He is with us all throughout the journey getting there.
Read Acts 4:29-31 and find out how the response of the early church turned out:
29 And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, 30 while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
31 And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.
In the same way, we can have the boldness to continue in sharing our faith no matter what happens. The message is the same, our mission remains!
Writer’s Bio: Mike Yap is first and foremost a slave of the Lord Jesus—redeemed as a wretched sinner by grace—and called as a wordsmith, speaker, visionary, and creativist for His Church. You may follow more of his Blog at http://thetub-thumper.blogspot.com