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

Friday, June 24, 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." Jesus said, "Don't stop him. Any person that uses my name to do powerful things will not soon say bad things about me."
— Mark 9:38-39 NLT
Illustration of Mark 9:38-39 NLT — "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

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

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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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.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.