Reaching the world in many different ways

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, January 10, 2017

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Today’s scripture reading:

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 his 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. (NLT)

Mark 9:38-41 – John said to Jesus, “Teacher, we saw a man using your name to cast out demons, but we told him to stop because he isn’t one of our group.”

“Don’t stop him!” Jesus said. “No one who performs miracles in my name will soon be able to speak evil of me. Anyone who is not against us is for us. If anyone gives you even a cup of water because you belong to the Messiah, I assure you, that person will be rewarded.”

Jesus replied, “Don’t stop him. No one who does powerful acts in my name can quickly turn around and curse me. Whoever isn’t against us is for us.” –Mark 9:39-40 (CEB)

Cheryl Anderson (California) titled her story “STILL WORKING;” here is a portion of Cheryl’s story:

“In today’s reading, Jesus teaches his disciples to encourage genuine faith  John was troubled that another man was casting out demons even though he was not one of the twelve disciples.  Jesus responded by teaching us all not to reject others simply because they don’t belong to our group.  We are still working on our faith, still learning, still moving toward the same destination.

“. . .  Today’s story can help us remember that no matter the vehicle, if the gospel is being preached and the name of Jesus is being spoken, someone who needs to hear it will be reached. We may disagree among ourselves about the way the message is being delivered, where it is being taught, or who is sharing it. But we know that Jesus can use anyone to reach the hearts of humanity.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – The good news of Christ can reach the world in many different ways.

Prayer: Dear God, help us to look beyond our differences to focus on sharing your love with others. Amen.

To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/

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