Welcome to DCLM Daily Manna Devotional 25 November 2022, Friday Message written by Pastor W.F Kumuyi. As you study today’s devotional, remember this; “Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 (NLT)
TOPIC: No Partisan Spirit, Please!
TEXT: MARK 9:38-50
KEY VERSE: “And John answered Him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in Thy name, and he followeth not us: and we farbade him, because he followeth not us” (Mark 9:38).
DCLM DAILY MANNA DEVOTIONAL 25 NOVEMBER 2022 MESSAGE
The world, more than ever before, is divided along partisan, sectarian and ethnic lines. This seriously threatens the very fragile peace we have. Sectarianism exists when a group of people believe that their ideology and worldview is superior to all others. They do not wish to consider the merits of other views, neither are they willing to tolerate them in any way.
The disciples of John had reported to Jesus how they had stopped a man who they saw casting out devils in the name of Jesus but did not belong to their camp.
Thinking they would be commended by Jesus for trying to keep the “purity” of their sect and the exclusiveness of their right to use the authority in His name, they were shocked at the response of the Master. He made them to know that they should not have forbidden him. He may not be among the inner caucus of the disciples nor directly belonged to their group; but since he was using the name of Jesus, he obviously was in support of Christ and His ministry.
It is important that we guard against developing spiritual arrogance and sectarian trait. People with this kind of nature always feel that they alone exist. They feel they are the only Christians and others do not belong. They feel that nothing good can come from others who do not belong to their sect and as such, they must be silenced, condemned or crushed.
This actually is a mark of spiritual pride and it does a lot of damage to the cause of Christ. It hinders the progress of the gospel, discourages others and even robs us of the benefits we can derive from others.
This kind of attribute is not Christlike. Even if others do not know as much as we do, our encouraging attitude and extended hands of fellowship can help them improve. Let us join our hands with others as we preach the loving gospel of Christ.
THOUGHT FOR TODAY: The Church of Christ is one.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: ECCLESIASTES 4-7
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