Unified Purpose of Heart
Acts 10:9-28 ~
Peter’s vision helped him to understand that no man is common or unclean. During Peter’s time the Gentiles were considered unclean and not candidates for salvation or becoming apart of God’s people. However when you get down to the basics, Jews and Gentiles are really not that different, as long as there is a common desire to serve God. Both Peter and Cornelius were just men that desired to serve God, this sets them aside to be apart of God’s people even though they come from opposing cultures.
Acts 4:32-34 ~ And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common. And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all. Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, And laid them down at the apostles' feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.
The church had one goal, one heart, holding everything in common. They were in unity as the people of God but they were individual people. The success of any operation floats on the fact that EVERYONE is working toward the same goal. We can come from different backgrounds, cultures, and beliefs, individuality is good, but we must have the same purpose in heart, the same goal in mind, to serve God, for us to be in unity and prosperous as the body of Christ.
Mark 3:24-25 ~ And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
We have to have the same goal in mind for the Church of God to stand and be effective in winning souls.