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 NLT
Illustration of Mark 9:40 NLT — "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.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 17:20-21
  • Romans 12:18
  • 3 John 1:5-8

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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.