Acts 17:6 Amplified Bible (AMP)
6 But when they failed to find them, they dragged Jason and some brothers before the city authorities, shouting, “These men who have turned the world upside down have come here too;
One of the distinguishing factors of the early church is the love they had for one another. They were united in purpose and they shared a genuine love and care that many churches today are yet to experience.
Have you ever been infested by a swarm of bees or ants? Though they are tiny insects, because they work in unity, they can literally take over your house. They work as a unit and because none is looking out for its own benefit but rather the benefit of the colony, then they work as one body thus they are extremely effective.
We are the body of Christ and He Christ is the head meaning we are all receiving instructions from one head. There is no way we can have dominion if we do not walk in love and in unity. God himself says that where there is unity, He commands a blessing. (Psalms 133)
46 Day after day they met in the temple [area] continuing with one mind, and breaking bread in various private homes. They were eating their meals together with joy and generous hearts, 47 praising God continually, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord kept adding to their number daily those who were being saved.
This was their daily lifestyle. They had a genuine love for one another thus they fellowshipped together daily eating together and learning together. They gained favor with the people and they moved together like aswarm of bees… no wonder it was said of them that they that have turned the world upside down have come here also. Everywhere they went they took dominion, no wonder they were a threat.
Can the same be said of the church today?
What do you think it will take for the church to love one another and to work together as a body?
What do you think is your role in this?
Jesus said that “by this will all me know that you are my disciples if you have love one for another!” Is that what men see when they look at the Christians?