The Good News!

Mark 9, The Message
38 John spoke up, “Teacher, we saw a man using your name to expel demons and we stopped him because he wasn’t in our group.”

39-41 Jesus wasn’t pleased. “Don’t stop him. No one can use my name to do something good and powerful, and in the next breath cut me down. If he’s not an enemy, he’s an ally. Why, anyone by just giving you a cup of water in my name is on our side. Count on it that God will notice.

John tattles on a man who was calling on the name of Jesus to help someone else…because the man “wasn’t in our group”. Yikes, we church people do that sometimes, too! This scripture is convicting if you really think about it. We are such a jealous people, we lifetime church goers. If a church group down the street seems to be having success, then we think it must be evil, because our “group” isn’t having the same success in growth. Equally so, if a smaller in size and attendance church is reaching out in quiet ways, using every resource that God has given to them, we criticize that they are a “drain on the kingdom” simply because there are not hundreds in their “group”. We think God isn’t with them or their group would be larger in population. Mm.

“Jesus wasn’t pleased”. He still isn’t pleased when we think our group is more advanced than another group. He isn’t pleased with our comparisons, our rivalry, our jealousies and even the evil of our tearing each other down thinking that will lift us up…climbing on the backs of those who simply offer a cup of cold water to a struggling fellow sojourner in this brief life.

Don’t stop him! says Jesus. ANYONE who offers a cup of water in my name is on our side. Count on it. GOD WILL NOTICE!

So, if you are discouraged because someone has told you the work you are doing isn’t good enough, large enough, or praiseworthy to the world or to their “group”, know this. GOD IS NOTICING who you are and what you are doing and that is ALL that counts! Again, God will notice and that is all that counts.


Dear Heavenly Father, We need to take this small bit of Your Word to heart and live it out. Help us to consistently be encouragers to all who call on Your Name and do what You have given them to do. Help us to notice the good like You notice. Keep us alert to all opportunities to offer a cup of water to those who need it, in Your Name and for YOUR glory. Help us to speak of You and not of our acts of kindnesses.

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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