Don’t Forbid Him, Don’t Join Him!!!
Now John answered and said, “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow with us.” But Jesus said to him, “Do not forbid him, for he who is not against us is on our side.”……. Luke 9:49-50
In our previous Study, we were considering some of the women who supported Jesus in His Ministry by giving Him Money. And we see that Jesus had both Poor and Rich people as His Disciples. There is no favoritism with Jesus. All are the same to Him. He calls both the rich and the poor to follow Him and gave opportunities for both Male and Female to be His witnesses. Here we see something of the Character of James and John which was different from the Spirit of Christ and the rebuke that the Lord gave them because of this wrong attitude in them.
Now John answered and said, “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow with us.”: To have a proper Understanding of what actually happened, we need to look back to Luke 9:37-40 which has already been covered when we went through the Gospel of Matthew. There we saw that the Disciples could not cast out a demon from a little boy although Jesus already gave them authority to do that(Luke 9:1). And the reason why they could not do it was lack of Faith which comes as a result of Fasting and prayer. So they were disappointed and it did not seems to bring them to a sense of need of their powerlessness. Instead, James was taken up with another Man’s Ministry and how it is different from their own ministry. Why was James so disturbed at seeing this Man casting out Demons in Jesus name? I perceived it was because this Man could cast out demons which they could not as we see in the case of the Little boy. When somebody else can fulfill a Ministry which you yourself cannot, it immediately produces Jealousy. And that proves that you are not a Man of God but a carnal Follower of Adam. A Disciple of Jesus would rejoice and say, “Praise the Lord!!! He can cast out Demons. I tried but I could not but thank God this other Brother came along and cast out that Demon. Praise God that a Brother can do what I cannot do!!!” This is the Spirit we are to have in the Body of Christ. If we truly believe we are one body in Christ, then we shall rejoice that another Brother can do something that we cannot do. Another Brother can bring people to Christ that you cannot bring. Another Brother can teach the Word of God and build people and make them Disciples in the way you cannot. Another Brother can heal the Sick and do Miracles or cast out demons in a way you cannot. This should not bring Jealousy or strive within us but instead we should Praise the Lord.
Notice, John said, ” We forbade Him because He was not following us “. Have you heard this argument. “His views are not the same with Us, what they emphasize in that Church is different from our church. They don’t cover their head when they pray and we do. They don’t pay tithe and we do. Their doctrine is different from ours.” We do this and that but they don’t. Should this cause a problem? Should this cause strive and jealously?
But Jesus said to him, “Do not forbid him, for he who is not against us is on our side.”: Oh How I wish we will all hear the Lord say to us, “Do not forbid Him!!!! He is not against Us!!! He is on our Side!!!. Although He is not following our Pattern, Yet do not forbid Him What is your business with that?!!!. In the parallel passage in Mark 9:38, it was recorded that Jesus said,” Do not forbid him, for no one who works a miracle in My name can soon afterward speak evil of Me.” Instead of criticizing others Ministry, what we are to ask is, “Is this Person against Jesus or for Jesus?” If He is for Jesus, then we are to Rejoice!!! We are not to be in competition but cooperation. We must acknowledge that others have a Ministry that we don’t have and we must never be Jealous. Don’t hinder a Brother or sister in His Ministry because You don’t understand or have such a Ministry. This is the Spirit of Christ and this is what is needed in Christendom today. Let us therefore appreciate the Ministry that other Brothers and sisters are doing for the Lord. Even if it is different from what you do or Outlook is different.
Some may ask, “What if He is doing it with the wrong Motives?” leave that to God to Judge. Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.(Romans 14:4). He is not your Servant, He is the Lord’s Servant. You don’t have to point your dirty fingers into the work of another person. There are thousands of believers who have destroyed their lives and their ministry by criticizing and finding fault with other people when they should have minded their own business.
So what are we to do if we are convinced that, “This Ministry is wrong?” Simple!!! “Don’t Join Him!!! This is the Balance!!! Jesus did not say to His Disciples,” Go and Join Him and work along with Him.”. Maybe the Emphasis of these Disciples was Discipleship and the New Covenant teachings and the Emphasis of this Man was Casting out Demons and Deliverance and did not speak about Discipleship or the New Covenant. What shall we do? Shall we join Him? No!!! Shall we hinder Him? No!!!! So the Balance is, “Don’t Join Him, Don’t forbid Him!!!” Mind your own business and fulfill Your own Ministry and carry on with the emphasises that the Lord has given you and let Him carry on with the emphasises that the Lord has given Him. And if He is compromising, God will deal with Him and if you feel so, don’t join Him. No wonder Paul says in Philippians 4:15-18, ” Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill: The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains; but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel. What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice.” Take this attitude!!! Rejoice that Christ is being Preached. Maybe someone is being Converted by that ministry. God can use a compromiser to lead someone to Christ and this person ends up becoming a True Disciple. Let us therefore never hinder others ministry because they do not follow our pattern. Compare with the Scriptures, if it doesn’t not follow the Pattern laid down by the Apostles, Don’t Join them at the same time don’t forbid them. Warn those whom the Lord has given to you against deception, that’s all You need to do.
Dear Friend, Don’t spend Your time criticizing other people’s ministry. The Days of ignorance God overlooks but now, don’t do it again. Leave them alone. Don’t forbid them!!!! Rejoice that at least it is done in the name of Jesus. One or two persons may be saved through such ministry. Don’t forbid such Ministry that is different from Yours. You don’t have to follow it. Mind Your own business!!! May the Lord give us wisdom to accept and deal with those who have a ministry that is different from ours.(Amen). God bless you. Have a blessed day.
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