by Pastor Mark Jordan
“The whole congregation of believers was united as one—one heart, one mind!” (Acts 4:32a, MSG)
This week we are looking at how the call to unity moves us to focus on oneness in Christ as opposed to the many things that can divide. I want to revisit an idea I shared on Tuesday as we think about how we are to experience unity inwardly so we can express it outwardly. I shared how experiencing unity around a good thing energizes and inspires. There is a cool word that helps us better understands what happens in those moments: synergy.
Synergy is all things working together for a common goal. Synergy is where the whole is greater than all the parts put together that comprises it. We experience this energizing synergy when we rally around the one thing (JESUS!) for the sake of everything else…but it must begin with Jesus. As we see in today’s verse, synergy took place in he early church as everyone felt united in heart and mind…the one heart and mind of God in Jesus Christ.
So how can we experience this in our inward and outward life? The key is worship, both private and public. You need to spend time adoring God multiple times a day, each and every day. Pray to God to center your focus on Him in your heart and mind. Then as you engage the world. you do so with you heart and mind focused on where God wants to lead you. But this isn’t just something you can do alone. No. You need other Jesus followers to help you, which is why public worship is so critical.
Synergy occurs in public worship when the congregation gathers in heart and mind. Studies show that when people worship together in song, their breathing and heart rates actually sync up together. Think about the beauty of that idea…when you worship God publicly as your individual heart and mind are in line with others, you actually experience a physical syncing with others in the same room. Amazing, huh?!
You need God in your heart and mind, but you also need others in your life who are on the same road, going the same direction. Don’t neglect the critical importance of public worship for the sake of your private spiritual life. You need them both!
Prayer: Dear Lord, forgive me the times I neglect worship in my private and public space. I want my heart and mind centered on you, and know I need this in time alone, as well as with others, as I travel the one way to you. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.