New International Version (NIV)
Whoever Is Not Against Us Is for Us
38 “Teacher,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.”
39 “Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “For no one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, 40 for whoever is not against us is for us. 41 Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward.
One of the things I tell people, who ask for my counseling, is that first of all, I dont have a heaven or a hell to put you in, because that decision belongs to God and God alone. What I can say is that every choice and every decision produces it’s own fruit, whether good or bad. My advice, do what you KNOW is pleasing to God.
The Christian faith has a great deal of what I like to call “departments.” Sometimes those departments or denominations can cause a great deal of confusion. However, as Christians, the one thing we must all remember is that we are representing Christ.
Before the world sees our particular church affiliation, the world must see Christ. Before we ask someone to join our church, offer Christ. Before we ask for any money, offer Christ. Before we ask them to change their clothes, their lifestyle, their language, offer Christ.
Without Christ transforming our hearts and minds, church is just a formality. The church was created to teach, heal, equip and edify. Offer Christ before you offer a label. The God that we serve can do exceedingly and abundantly above all that we can ask or think. Trust God.
I love you with an amazing and everlasting love. Go in peace and serve the Lord.
Rev. Marcia Davis ~ Servant