What Jesus Did! 'Not Against Us!' — Mark 9:40

Saturday, June 25, 2016

"The person that is not against us is with us."
— Mark 9:40
Illustration of Mark 9:40 — "The person that is not against us is with us."

Key Thought

Christianity faces enough opposition in the world without its own proponents fighting and devouring each other because they fancy each other as enemies. Jesus' words here are powerfully universal and clear—notice the use of the words "the person (or "anyone" in other translations) is general. If people don't oppose us, they aren't the enemy! In fact, Jesus says even more than that: they are working to benefit the cause of Jesus and his followers.

Today's Prayer

Father, I pray that those of us who seek to honor you will quit treating each other as enemies. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

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. The person that is not against us is with us. I tell you the truth. If a person helps you by giving you a drink of water because you belong to the Christ, then that person will truly get his reward. "If one of these little children believes in me, and another person causes that child to sin, then it will be very bad for that person. It would be better for that person to have a millstone tied around his neck and be drowned in the sea. If your hand makes you sin, cut it off. It is better for you to lose part of your body but have life forever. That is much better than to have two hands and go to hell. In that place the fire never stops. If your foot makes you sin, cut it off. It is better for you to lose part of your body but have life forever. That is much better than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. If your eye makes you sin, take it out. It is better for you to have only one eye but have life forever. That is much better than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell. The worms that eat the people in hell never die. In hell the fire is never stopped. Every person will be punished with fire. "Salt is good. But if the salt loses its salty taste, then you can't make it salty again. So, be full of goodness. And have peace with each other."

Mark 9:38-50

Related Scripture Readings

"I pray for these men. But I am also praying for all people that will believe in me because of the teaching of these men. Father, I pray that all people that believe in me can be one. You are in me and I am in you. I pray that these people can also be one in us, so that the world will believe that you sent me.

John 17:20-21

Do the best you can to live in peace with all people.

Romans 12:18

My dear friend, it is good that you continue to help the brothers {in Christ}. You are helping brothers that you don't even know! These brothers told the church (group of believers) about the love you have. Please help them to continue their trip. Help them in a way that will please God. These brothers went on their trip to serve Christ. They did not accept any help from people who are not believers. So we should help these brothers. When we help them, we share with their work for the truth.

3 John 1:5-8


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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