Daily Devotional

Acts 1:14

“They all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication,
With the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.”

The words “one accord” are used at least 7 times in the first 9 chapters of the book of Acts (NKJV). I know because I circled them as I began reading in Acts this week They come from the Greek word homothymadon which means: with one accord, with one mind. I was thinking that, with the multiple differences between one human being to another, how impossible that seems of taking place.

Many years ago the Lord showed me a glimpse of this in the way He works in a marriage. He says in Gen, 2:24, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” At that time I was struggling with some very pointed differences between Gary and I, and I thought to myself, “Lord, how in the world are you going to make us one, we are soo different?!” As I looked at the verse more intently I realized it said, “shall become,” not “are one.” I realized it was a process, a journey…and then the Lord turned my thoughts around even more as He revealed it in an even more amazing light! He showed me the miracle of becoming one. That our marriage was an adventure; of discovering the treasures of our differences that dovetail and interlock, to make us one!

As I was reminded of this today, I again looked up the words “one accord” in Strong’s Concordance (Hebrew/Greek Dictionary) and I loved an example it expressed as these words relate to the body of Christ:
“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 “rush along” and “in unison.” The image is almost musical; a number of notes are sounded which, while different, harmonize 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.” (by Larry Pierce)

As a musician, I so appreciate this and that’s why our choir’s name is One Accord. By themselves the individual parts may sound fine, the their beauty is magnified when they are sung together. I pray as the body of Christ, we continue this year in “One Accord.”
New King James Version (NKJV) Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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