Luke 9:49–50 (ESV)
Anyone Not Against Us Is For Us
49 John answered, “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he does not follow with us.” 50 But Jesus said to him, “Do
not stop him, for the one who is not against you is for you.”
Jesus admonishes His disciples for poor attitudes about ministry. Like the apostles, we may keep certain
privileges and opportunities for ourselves. That impulse, however, runs contrary to God’s mercy, which He would share with all people, not just those in our preferred circle. Thankfully, Jesus left the comfort of heaven to stand with us, bear our burdens,
and deliver us from evil.
I pray: Lord, preserve us from that selfish impulse that would inhibit Your mercy and the proclamation of Your name. Help us to see that You
desire the salvation of all people, that we acknowledge and put to appropriate use the gifts of others. Amen.
Edward A. Engelbrecht,
The Lutheran Study Bible (St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2009),