Who is on our side?

Anyone who is not against us is for us. – Mark 9:40

Jesus went out through the towns of Galilee teaching and preaching the Good News of the kingdom of God. Then one day his disciples told him that they had stopped a man from casting out demons in the name of Jesus because he wasn’t a part of their group. Jesus rebuked them and told them not to stop anyone doing good in his name because those who weren’t against them were for them.

So many times I hear people cracking on others for the things they do or have done, both in the church and outside the church. The sad part is that even within the body of Christ people create cliques and ostracize those that don’t operate exactly they do. For this reason Jesus rebuked his followers for preventing others doing good in his name simply because they were not a part of their inner circle.

The idea of others not being like us is what creates denominational factions and splits churches rather than bringing people together to be able to worship God in Spirit and in Truth. It saddens me that people still hold wrongful attitudes for others who don’t agree with their theology or doctrine or hold to the same “tenets” of the faith exactly as they do. There should be no division within the body of Christ, which consists of every person who has a true and trusting relationship with Jesus, the Son of God. Jesus says that anyone who isn’t against us is for us.

Therefore, I call upon all believers to lay down the things that divide us and separate us into this camp and that one, this denomination and that one, or whatever the keeps us from being completely united in Christ – in one mind, one accord! We are one in the bond of love. Even Paul says that the wall of division between Jew and non-Jew is torn down, so why do we keep erecting new ones to keep the body fragmented?  Love your neighbor as yourself. Love your God with all of your being. There is only one body and bride of Christ!

Father, thank you for showing me the purpose and meaning of being united as one. Too many people like to stir up strife and division, which is the one thing you hate most according to your Word, a brother who sews discord among the brethren. Help me to be humble and to unite your people under the banner of love and grace through your Holy Spirit and the Advocate at your right hand, Jesus. We are in need of unity. Thank you for loving us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.