"Master,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we tried to stop him, because he is not one of us.”
“Do not stop him,” Jesus said, “for whoever is not against you is for you.” Luke 9:49-50 (NIV)
As I reflect on my own faith journey, I find these words so refreshing. It’s amazing how many different denominations there are within the Christian faith. The number of churches within one community can be astounding. There are approximately forty seven churches in my own community
Many churches preach the true gospel of Jesus Christ, proclaiming Jesus as the Author and Finisher of our faith. One can freely receive salvation when he comes to Jesus with a repentant heart and declares Him as Lord and Savior over his life. What may encourage one individual in their walk may not encourage another. Each person, even within families is unique in what appeals to their senses. However, the desire in our hearts to grow in our faith and love for our Lord, is the same. This may help us to appreciate the vast choices we have within corporate worship.
We can so easily become haughty in our attitude, comparing one church to another. May we instead, focus on the Cross and our personal relationship with Jesus whom we desire to imitate more truly each day in all that we do.
Father God, may we appreciate and embrace others who are choosing to walk in Your ways. May we learn from each other and experience an even closer walk with Jesus. May our communities become as one in the faith, with the same desire to carry out Your command to witness Your love and bring hope to the world.
© 2017 Marianne Lucot