So they departed and went through the towns, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere. Afterwards, they returned happy, all amazed at the majesty of God.
Then Jesus said to His disciples, "Let these words sink down into your ears, for the Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men." Luke 9:43-44.
"Then a dispute arose among them as to which of them would be greatest. And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a little child and set him by Him, and said to them, "Whoever receives this little child in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me. For he who is least among you all will be great." Luke 9:46-48.
Then John interrupted, "Master, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow with us." But Jesus said to him, "Do not forbid him, for he who is not against us is on our side." Luke 9:49-50.
My friend, you’re Christian today, not because you practice this faith or hold that belief, and certainly not because you belong to this or that church, sect or denomination, but is because you’ve received Christ, period. We also don’t follow Christ because of emotions or based on feelings, circumstances, mood, or relationships with others. We follow Him because we’ve received Him with all our hearts.
Our perceptions (Theology and Philosophy) and things we’ve branded as our own ways, vision, mission statements, etc., don’t matter at all because those are the same things we use to divide us and close our doors for others - "and we forbade him because he does not follow with us."
"But Jesus said to him, "Do not forbid him, for he who is not against us is on our side." Luke 9:50.
It is my conviction that you who’re unknown, small or least esteemed and judged in our churches are the ones who faithfully serve Him - don’t seek high places. This is a great principle. Jesus took a little child and set him by Him, and said to them, "Whoever receives this little child in My name receives Me...For he who is least among you all will be great.
Jesus told Simon Peter feed my sheep if you so love me. "Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, and said to Jesus, "But Lord, what about this man?" Jesus said to him, "If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me."" John 21:20-22. He never called us to exercise lordship over others nor be thinking of how he is relating with the person next door.
God bless you,
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