Reading Luke 9:49-50 (KJV)
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.”
In our previous reading, we saw that in the Kingdom of God there is no place for seeking positions of privilege. Today we are going to read something more about that Kingdom.
The same disciples who were unable to cast out demons come to Jesus and complain that another person is casting out demons in His name.
Their attitude is based in jealousy and sectarianism; “He is not with us,” they say. Jesus immediately corrects this attitude and shows them that they still have much to learn.
The Kingdom of God is about the greatness and beauty of the King, not the privileges of the subjects (that ultimately are gifts that we don’t deserve.)
Those of us who belong to that Kingdom have received our citizenship through grace alone, that none can boast of his own merit. Didn’t God choose the unworthy, the sinner? Who is part of that Kingdom? All those who the King decides to call. If the King calls someone, that person is now our brother, our companion in this journey through life.
MEDITATE: ¿Do we remind ourselves every day of how we became citizens in this Kingdom? How do we consider other people who have been called by the King?
Translation By: ES