They Are “On Our Part”

And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us.  But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man, which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me.  For he that is not against us is on our part.

Mark 9:38-40

When the disciples came across a person casting out devils in Jesus’ name.  The told him to stop it because he didn’t follow them.  Jesus told them to not forbid him and that “he that is not against us is on our part.”

There are some things that we should separate from other groups over.  There are some doctrinal issues that cannot be glossed over.  But, I also think that, sometimes we want to snub others just because they are not exactly like we are.  There are issues that are very important, and there are issues that more on the line of opinions.  We have to be careful to keep the two separate.

This man was doing a good work (casting out devils) and he was doing it in the name of Jesus.  There was no reason for the disciples to stop him or condemn him other than the simple fact that he wasn’t following “them.”  (when they say “them,” I would suspect that it was more a case of the fact that he wasn’t following the disciples, not that he wasn’t following Jesus)

We need to be careful not to get so locked in to our opinions and ways of doing things that we shut others out simply because they don’t do things exactly like we do.  Jesus told his disciples that if this man was not against them, he was “on our part.”  Just because someone is not exactly like us does not always mean that they are not on our part.

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