Mark: A Walk With Our Savior (Day 38)

Read Mark 9:38-41
   The disciples were jealous of a man who healed in Jesus’ name because they were more concerned about their own group’s position than in helping to free those troubled by demons. We do the same today when we refuse to associate with Christians from other denominations because 1) other people or groups are not affiliated with our denomination, 2) their projects do not involve the kind of people with whom we feel most comfortable, 3) others don’t do things the way we are used to doing things, or 4) our efforts won’t receive enough recognition. Correct theology is important but should never be an excuse to avoid helping people in need. 

   Jesus was not saying that being indifferent or neutral toward Him is as good as being committed. As He explained in Matthew 12:30, “Anyone who isn’t helping me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me.” In both cases, Jesus was pointing out that neutrality toward Him is not possible. Nevertheless His followers will not all resemble each other or belong to the same groups. People who are on Jesus’ side have the same goal of building up the Kingdom of God, and they should not let their differences interfere with this goal. Those who share a common faith in Christ should cooperate. People don’t have to be just like us to be following Jesus with us.