Today we look at Mark 9:38-41 and we see Jesus tell us about how we can work together as different churches:
38 John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” 39 But Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. 40 Whoever is not against us is for us. 41 For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward.
Today we see Jesus giving us a picture of what “church” should be like. We see the disciples saying, we saw people casting out demons in Jesus name, but they weren’t part of their group. And they tried to stop them, because they weren’t part of their group.
And Jesus says no. If they do good my name (in other words, through me) then they can’t be against me. In other words, if they are part of Jesus, but not part of us, you know what? It’s ok. Jesus’ team, Jesus kingdom is bigger than just you and me. It’s bigger than just my local church. Or my denomination. Or those that worship like I do. Or believe exactly like me. Or have my theology.
Jesus team is made up of all those that believe in Him and part of Him. Even if they aren’t “part” of our group. Because you know what? If they are in Christ, they are part of us.
Through Jesus, we are one. Even if we disagree or have differences of opinions. If we are in Jesus, we are one.
Imagine what we could do as Christians if we all worked together. Imagine what could happen in our communities, our world, everywhere, if we all worked together in Jesus name. We could (and we can) change the world.
Look at the good that was being done. In Jesus name.
Today, may all of us that are in Jesus name, may we work together for the same goal, the same purpose, the same plan, the same savior.
May we all, no matter what group we are part of, work for Jesus!
Monday we’ll look at Mark 9:42-50.
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