Lessons Learned: homothumadon {and what it means to you.}

IMG_7295“All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer . . .” Acts 1:14

A unique Greek word helps us understand the uniqueness of the Christian community. Homothumadon {with one accord} 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.

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Picture it, you’ve just spent the last 3 years of your life watching this God-man live life to its fullest. You saw Him heal the blind. You felt His power flowing from the Spirit within Him. You witnessed the impossible happen in full view. You heard the murmurs of unbelief and disapproval. You understood that God had somehow come to earth in this Man. You felt the shame as he washed the dirt from between your toes as He said, “You must do this for one another.” Your own heart was torn from your chest with every beating, every vile word, and every nail hammered into His hands. You didn’t really understand why He had to die. You didn’t really understand what He meant when He said He was coming back. You didn’t understand why He didn’t just defeat their biggest problem, Rome, and become their King. You felt the unabashed fear when you knew He was finally dead, really, truly gone from earth. You doubted, even after all the miracles you had already seen.

You felt the pure rush of joy when you heard He rose from death. You could see the tingles that ran from your spine to your fingertips when His renewed, glorified body entered the room. Your heart stopped when He spoke of the plans He had for you. You mind turned to mush when He said that He was leaving so that He could return to live inside of every faithful soul on earth.

Your soul died the moment He was lifted into the clouds. And you were just left there, attempting to not feel abandoned, reeling from the words He spoke and the promises He made, lost in where to go next, what to do, you couldn’t move. Then the men appeared, glowing in white, you were amazed! They looked at you with slight confusion and spoke words that bounced like notes off of their tongues. They struck your heart strings and you felt the call of action. You looked around and your brothers, your sisters, His family all surrounded you. And the only thing you could think of in that very moment was how to never let go of the Man you knew just moments ago.

You joined hands and for 10 days straight, you lift your hearts up, in one beautiful song to your Creator who came to earth, to meet you where you are and save you from where you’re going. You wait for His coming promise, whatever that may be. The comforter, you recall Him saying.

10 days later, He comes and it is undeniable to you and to everyone around you, that God has come to earth, to dwell with man, to get his bloodied hands even dirtier, to wash away all the sin of the world, all that isn’t of Himself.

Now you know what to do. Your community is not even something you have to be with, but it’s something that you can’t live without. Just like Jesus couldn’t live without the power of the Spirit and the will of the Father, so you can’t live without the bride of Christ and the Spirit of God inside of you. You crave it. You count everything on earth a loss if you can only achieve this end.

You. Are. Free.

When it comes down to it, we as God’s people, need and rightfully crave this community.

The word homothumadon, used in Acts to describe the community that the early church members experienced, can be broken into two root words, homou, meaning simply “together”, and thymos, meaning “passion, anger, heat, glow, ardor, inflaming wine of passion {which either drives the drinker mad or kills him with its strength}. Accordingly [thymos] signifies both the spirit panting as it were in the body, and the rage with which a man pants.” {source}

My bones ache inside of me when I ponder on these words. When was the last time, if ever, have I had such passion for Christ’s kingdom? When was the last time, if ever, have I felt such strong community and unity within a group of God’s people?

This is Heaven, friends. This is what God desires for us, above all else, to be in perfect communion with Him and His bride. It’s so beautiful, don’t you think?

So much of our emotions, pains, sorrows, and sinful pleasures distract us from this kind of unadulterated, passionate, glorious unity.

We long for this every day, until Christ brings His Kingdom to us, to change the world forever.

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