Numbers 11:24-29 and Mark 9:38-41
At some point in most human group life and activities, such questions come forth:
“Why are they doing it that way”
“Who gave them permission to do that?”
“Should we stop them from doing that?”
Questions as old as Moses and as significant to who is following Jesus most closely! And once asked, such questions have to be addressed rather than suppressed.
It seems to be our nature to do things different ways and yet, to want things done a certain way and by certain people. Otherwise, there might be confusion and chaos. But if approached “poorly” doing it only “my/our way” can lead to conflict and false feelings of superiority.
Poor, pitiful humans! We need leadership, guidance, and a Savior!! This Sunday we will, as always, turn toward the One God to worship and to seek guidance from. Even so, we have a hundred different ears and brains, and the call for humility and patience and understanding is ever present.
Yet, the good side of all this is the actual good ministry and mission and community togetherness that come from taking the Spirit led step of faith! We just need to keep taking those “steps of faith” and not get stuck on who has been given power, permission, and authority. The answer is pretty much…EVERYONE. Some things we ALL can do, and some things are specific to your personal “gifts, graces, and talents.”
We are a “work in progress” and we all need each other!
Invite someone to come and be part of our worship and work together this Sunday and coming week!
Pastor Barry †