What Jesus Did! 'Don't Stop Him!' — Mark 9:38-39

Monday, June 24, 2024

John said to Jesus, "Teacher, we saw someone using your name to cast out demons, but we told him to stop because he wasn't in our group."

"Don't stop him!" Jesus said. "No one who performs a miracle in my name will soon be able to speak evil of me."

— Mark 9:38-39 NLT

Key Thought

Good deeds done in the name of Jesus are a blessing no matter which group or which person is doing them. Our goal must be for people to be blessed and Jesus to be praised! We should rejoice when good deeds and compassionate acts are done in the name of Jesus.

Today's Prayer

Lord God, my Abba Father, may your name be praised and lost people be reached, through the work of others I don't yet know. Help my heart rejoice in that work and those who do it. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Philippians 1:15-18
  • 1 Corinthians 3:5-9
  • Galatians 2:6-10

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Illustration of Mark 9:38-39 NLT — "No one who performs a miracle in my name will soon be able to speak evil of me."

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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