49 “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.” 50 “Do not stop him,” Jesus said, “for whoever is not against you is for you.”
Someone was casting out demons using Jesus’ name. The disciples were concerned, so it seemed, for Jesus’ reputation and that of the disciples.
Jesus response was straightforward if someone is not against you they are for you.
Jesus is clearly not concerned about His reputation like the disciples, nor a sense of exclusivity.
I need to stay comfortable with people ‘having a go’. They may not do it ‘right’ but I need to stay relaxed if people are furthering the work of the Kingdom.
Written by Ps. Richard Botta