Text: Luke 9 (Leviticus 15-16)
Sometimes the briefest of exchanges between Jesus and others can bring great insight. Consider this:
John answered, “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he does not follow with us.” But Jesus said to him, “Do not stop him, for the one who is not against you is for you.” (Luke 9:49-50)
So often in the life of the Church, factions set themselves against one another. We see other denominations doing things differently, claiming to love and serve Jesus but not doing things “our way.” Sometimes we just are not comfortable with folks who we do not know. Jesus gives us here a simple criterion, a test by which others might be tried. Are they against us? If not, then they must be for us. The underlying truth is that there are only two responses to Jesus – to accept Him or to reject Him. If someone with whom I disagree has accepted Jesus, then, no matter the dispute, we are on the same side.
in Him, Mike