DATE POSTED Thursday, 2022-07-07
WRITTEN AT: O Brien, FL
SCRIPTURE FROM: Mark 9:38-41
TRANSLATION: GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)
BIBLE TEXT: 38 John said to Jesus, “Teacher, we saw someone forcing demons out of a person by using the power and authority of your name. We tried to stop him because he was not one of us.”
39 Jesus said, “Don’t stop him! No one who works a miracle in my name can turn around and speak evil of me. 40 Whoever isn’t against us is for us. 41 I can guarantee this truth: Whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward.”
APPLICATION: Yesterday we covered the first principle of greatness, as taught by Jesus to His disciples – Treat everyone equally. Today we will look at another principle that will appear just as challenging, and in most cases will need the power of God to help us achieve what Jesus taught to us – Be mindful, or be as magnanimous as we possibly can be—even toward those who are not traveling with us denominationally or theologically. Each of these principles require the strong hand of Jesus to guide us and instill upon us the ways taught by Him, and not what we see in this world today. There are numerous church denominations, and each will tell you what’s wrong with the beliefs and teachings of the other. Much like what John did when he spoke with Jesus, so will denominational leaders today quickly make every effort to shut down the ministry of the other body of believers, because they are just not in the group that has it all right, or are properly aligned with the teachings of Jesus – at least in the way they interpret and/or understand. But let’s see how Jesus addressed this problem that first started with the disciples. Jesus said that if the other group is healing, or doing things in the name of Jesus, then they are working towards the same goal as John and the disciples. Likewise, in todays world, I believe that Jesus may say something like this to, say the Methodists: hey, don’t interfere with or denounce the work of the Baptist or the Church of God, for although they may not baptize in the same way that you do, or their church services may be different to yours, yet they call on the same God, wait for the power of the same Holy Spirit, and they know that only the blood of Jesus will wash away their sin. But Jesus taught that if the other denominations are not seeking to shut you down, and if they call on the name of Jesus in their respective ministries, then we each are striving for the same goal as we minister. In fact, I would add that if we are being critical towards the efforts of other denominations, we may be worse off for it, because we are complaining and whining about the work that God may have ordained through them. Jesus said that we become great when we welcome, pray for, and support, the work of others who are outside of our group, but who are also teaching, preaching and practicing the teachings of Jesus, our Lord. Let’s always be mindful of the fact that ‘churches’ are a group of people. So when we criticize and put down other denominations, we are looking at our neighbor and pulling them down for not doing ministry in the way WE feel is best, or necessary. Jesus rightly taught that sort of attitude was wrong, and it still is today. Let’s learn to thank God for the ministry of our church, and be just as quick to also thank Him for the work of our other neighborhood churches. God is at work my friends, and He didn’t choose just our church to complete His awesome work through here on earth. He loves ALL His children, regardless of how they choose to worship here on earth. We should be just as quick to love ALL Christians who also call our God ‘Father’, for they are our heavenly Brothers and Sisters, regardless of how they choose to worship here on earth!
BLESSING(S) NOTED: Whoever is not against our heavenly work here on earth, is therefore in favor of our work. Let’s love them because we serve the same Master!
PRAYER: Thank You Lord Jesus for being the greatest One that ever visited this planet! Thank You for creating us uniquely different, but also helping us to be compassionate about each other, regardless of our differences. There are many still here on earth that have ever accepted You as Lord. Please help us to never be a stumbling block to prevent them from truly seeing You at work among Your people. May we look and sound just like You, so that the lost may see, hear, believe, and surrender their heart to You as Lord. Touch Your children, Lord, in spite of the obstacles that Your saints allow to hinder us. AMEN!
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