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Whoever is not against us is for us.
- Mark 9:40 (NIV)
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 for us.”
I pray that our eyes will be opened to see what God is doing in our world, especially through unlikely people in unexpected places.
Daily devotionals from The Upper Room