Read Mark 9: 38-41
Whoever is not against us is for us.
A fellow musician and I had just started a contemporary
worship service with only two instruments: drums and an
acoustic guitar. We did the best we could, but the service
struggled with limited instrumentation. In the days that
followed, a teenage member of our church kept insisting that
I ask her brother to play with us. He was an incredibly
talented electric guitarist, but he told me that he did not
believe in God. I refused to allow an atheist to play in the
church praise band. But my belief in God wasn’t big enough.
Fortunately his sister was persistent, and I finally agreed
to let him play. While playing with the praise team, the young
man came to faith in Christ. What an important lesson I
learned — that there are no limits to how God can work!
The disciples learned a similar lesson. One day John saw
a man who was not part of their group casting out demons in
Jesus’ name. John tried to stop him. He assumed, as I did,
that God works only through our approved methods. And this
man hadn’t gotten proper
approval! But Jesus said,
“Do not stop him. For . . .
whoever is not against us is
I pray that our eyes will
be opened to see what God is doing in our world, especially
through unlikely people in unexpected places.
Prayer: Dear God, help us to see where you are at work and
then to participate wholeheartedly. Amen.
Kevin L. Thomas (Alabama)
Prayer Focus: CHURCH MUSICIANS
— Mark 9: 40 (NIV)
Thought for the Day
God’s work in our world
has no limits.