One Heart and Soul


There is a profound statement in Acts 4:32. “Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul…”

It’s not unusual to hear the phrase, “You have my heart.” In other words, I’m fully and completely committed. Come hell or high water, I’m in this for the long haul. It’s not unlike a marriage vow. You have my heart. And the believers were of one heart.

It’s also fairly common to hear the idea of having a “soulmate.” Whether you believe that there is such a thing — one perfect soulmate for someone — is not the point. The point is that the concept of having a soulmate indicates a deep connection, certainly far deeper than you have with most people. So if the believers were of one soul, that’s strong language.

Now, I want to point out that Luke, the guy who wrote this, could have said that the believers “were of one heart” or that they “were of one soul” and that would have been strong. I mean, really, that’s not insignificant, right? But he doubled up the words, signifying that this was seriously serious. It’s stronger than just one or the other. They were one in heart AND soul.

There’s a song from a few years back that was fairly popular. It said, “Lord, I give You my heart, I give You my soul…” That’s a full and total commitment.

And that’s the kind of commitment those early believers had with each other.

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