Mark Has Some Good News, Part 38, Tool belts

Mark 9:

Anyone Not Against Us Is for Us


38 John said to him, "Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us." 39 But Jesus said, "Do not stop him, for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. 40 For the one who is not against us is for us. 41 For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward.


This post is going to suck for my pride. But I don't hide from the scriptures. And to be realistic it will suck for anyone's pride, but I'll take the blog beat down to best illustrate the point.


And the point Jesus is making here is we all work for him. It doesn't matter if your background is in street evangelism, or church youth ministry, or missions. There is no wrong way to use your gifts compared to another person using their gifts. You can go into a ministry whether personal or congregational with all the determination and skill of an expert and still not have "the way" of doing ministry. Because Jesus is "the way"


Where I might preach another might serve and yet another might give and all three people will do so to the glory of God. I never recognized this in my last ministry position. Which is why I'm sure I was removed from it. Jesus doesn't need a hammer telling all his other tools how a nail works. What he needs is a hammer doing the hammering, a driver doing the driving, and a wrench doing the wrenching.

When we start to try to fit people into gifts like pegs in the wrong hole it hurts the peg and the hole both get damaged in the process.


My last job left me damaged but as a square peg that wouldn't budge, I probably did more harm than good.


So here's to tool belts. May Jesus use us properly for his will.