John answered, "Master, we saw a person using your name to force demons out of people. We told him to stop because he does not belong to our group." Jesus said to John, "Don't stop him. If a person is not against you, then he is for you."
— Luke 9:49-50 NLT
So often our pride manifests itself as group pride. The attitude is "if we don't do it, then it must not be important." The apostles want their little band of "Jesus followers" to be the primary bunch. Their thinking seems to be something like this: "He chose US, so surely there couldn't be anyone else as important?" Jesus, however, is not about building prideful little cliques. Instead, he wants to build groups of welcoming disciples who are thankful for all who are helping build the Kingdom of God. Jesus' point is very simple: if they're not against us, then they're for us! O my, if only we could have that attitude today.
Forgive us, humble us, and correct us, O Father, for our rivalry, petty spirit, divisiveness, pride, and arrogance. We have split your church into so many subgroups it is unconscionable. Work in your people with your Spirit to bring us back to a more faithful unity. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- John 17:20-21
- 1 Corinthians 1:10
- 1 Corinthians 14:36
About This Devotional
What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.
What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.
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