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Thursday’s Thought-April 13th

 

written by: Shelly McGraw  

Days 99-105

Mark 7; Mark 8; Mark 9; Mark 10; Mark 11; Psalm 146:5-10

One of the main ways the enemy tries to attack our church families is through division.

It’s so tempting sometimes to start criticizing someone else’s ministry because it doesn’t look like what we think it should.

Bickering leads to an “us verses them” mentality, mistakenly thinking certain groups are higher or “more spiritual” than others because of title or status.

Once distracted with bickering and disunity, we leave the door wide open for the enemy to slide into not only our ministries, but our families and households. 

Just to clear this up: we’re all equal at the foot of the cross-we’re all sinners saved by grace and daily in need of a redeemer.

In fact, Jesus was clear to make this point in Mark chapter 9:

38 “Teacher,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.”

39 “Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “For no one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, 40 for whoever is not against us is for us. 41 Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward. ~ Mark 9:38-41

You see, the disciples began to feel as though they were above other believers.

When another follower of Jesus began acting on his faith, John and the rest of the disciples dismissed him, complaining and criticizing his ministry.

But Jesus was quick to correct them by essentially saying, “You may not like what he’s doing but if he’s furthering My Kingdom, leave him alone-he is one of us.”

The apostle Paul speaks more to this point in 1 Corinthians:

26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” ~ 1 Corinthians 1:26-31

Whether title or no title, status or no status, none of us can boast before Him. 

So, let’s stir each other on in unity as co-laborers in Christ. Amen!

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