Jesus prayed just before His death that the mark of His followers might be unexplainable unity. He prayed that those who followed Him would love one another so deeply the world would be unable to deny His message. This is the topic of VLOG #6: https://vimeo.com/189095458
This VLOG series comprises the teaching sessions to accompany An Unexplainable Life: Recovering the Wonder & Devotion of the Early Church, a verse by verse study covering Acts 1-12. For more information about this study, click here.
The first twelve chapters of Acts covers the unexplainable unity brought about through the work of the Holy Spirit. Divisive barriers were destroyed: cultural, ethnic, racial, economic, religious, political and social differences were cast aside under the Name of Jesus! I’m pretty certain no other leader in history could claim such allegiance and loyalty from His followers on such a grand scale. How did this happen? It’s unexplainable!
Regular Joes and Joephines walking and living in the power of the Holy Spirit. That’s how! And in a world that seems to be ever increasing in polarization, what kind of people ought we to be? The same Joes and Josephines we encounter in Acts 1-12.
Whenever we see division, especially within the church, we can be sure our enemy is at work. Christ’s mission is reconciliation of all men to Himself, and unification of all humanity as brothers and sisters- unexplainably able to love one another through His power. But how?
The apostle John, one of Jesus’ closest friends, tells us clearly. Not to be over simplistic, he says: Love people, not stuff. Love people, not titles. Love people, not possessions. Love people, not comfort. Love people, not pleasure. That’s sounds pretty simple, because most everyone would say, “I do love people. I love everyone,” because that’s how we’re told to respond.
But if we’re honest, we don’t really love the way God loves: sacrificially. We don’t love people to the point that it costs us something. We don’t love people to the point that our heart shatters in the process. We don’t love people to the extent that we think nothing of the return on our investment nor care if anyone even notices. Jesus empowers His followers with this kind of love. An unexplainable love. A love that binds together rather than separates. A love that rejoices in the truth. A love that heals, restores, hopes and believes all things because the One from Whom that love comes has defeated all.