Luke 9:49-50 And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us. And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us.
I have been so into my own personal denomination, church, and group that I was very much like these men. I was sure that any one that wasn’t with me had to be wrong and should stop what they were doing. I do not know what I did with verses like these.
I developed a very judgmental spirit and often talked about things that I didn’t really understand or know about. I thought I was right so I developed an arrogance about it. I have no idea if you have ever dealt with that and I am not that happy that I have to admit this, but it is true.
I really didn’t understand what it mean to love people though I thought that I did. I now wonder how much I was like the guys in the first verses or in these that follow in the same chapter.
If people weren’t going to do it my way, in my group, or if they weren’t going to get saved what was my attitude?
Luke 9:52-56 And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him. And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem. And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.
They thought they were defending Jesus and the truth. I thought and reacted much the same way. But notice, Jesus said in the first verses, don’t rebuke them-they are really on our side.
Then here he rebukes them and says–do you realize what kind of spirit you have? That hurts. It applies to me or did. I hope that I am getting right about this.
The people didn’t want to hear so Jesus moved to the next town and reminded them, I am not here to destroy men’s lives.
I know that I have confessed a major mistake of mine that has caused me to hurt a lot of people. Does any of this ring a bell with you?