What Jesus Did! 'Not One of Us!' — Mark 9:38

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Then John said, "Teacher, we saw a man using your name to force demons out of a person. He is not one of us. So we told him to stop, because he does not belong to our group."
— Mark 9:38 NLT
Illustration of Mark 9:38 NLT — Then John said, "Teacher, we saw a man using your name to force demons out of a person. He is not one of us. So we told him to stop, because he does not belong to our group."

Key Thought

Isn't it amazing how quickly we can split up into our own little groups and begin to arrogantly do as a group what Jesus had just challenged his disciples not to do as individuals when he told them that the greatest must be a servant to all? (Mark 9:30-37) We all want to picture ourselves as "insiders" in the Kingdom of God—those who are righteously superior and correct. When others appear to be doing God's good work, we feel threatened rather than delighted. How shallow, how petty, and how unlike Jesus such arrogance is! God forgive us and change us from our petty ways.

Today's Prayer

Father in heaven, I love you. However, I have to admit that I frustrate myself with my own selfish and petty loyalties and pride. Even though I hate that trait in others, I need your help, Father, to hate it in myself and remove from my own heart. Please help me be more open just as your Son was while on the earth. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Romans 15:5-7
  • James 3:17
  • 1 Peter 5:14

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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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