Living your best life?
The disciples have noticed people outside their group doing things (casting out demons) in Jesus’ name, and they point this out to Jesus. They clearly expect Jesus to rebuke these people. However, rather than stopping them, Jesus explains how they are not acting against him but for him, and therefore they are part of his kingdom and should be encouraged rather than prevented.
At the same time, using vivid and challenging language, Jesus encourages his followers to live the very best life they can – one driven or underpinned by God’s kingdom values – and not to allow themselves to become stumbling blocks to others who may be drawn to Jesus. After all, wherever we look, at ourselves or at other people, God is already at work there!
This week we explore seeing God in ourselves and others.