John answered, “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he does not follow with us.” (Luke 9:49 ESV)
Sometimes it is all too easy to make assumptions. John and company made assumptions about the person casting out demons in Jesus’ name. They assumed he was not to be performing miracles of that nature without being a part of their little band. They assumed he was not like them. They assumed he did not believe like them. They assumed God wasn’t using him to do incredible things.
Isn’t that just like us? Especially where certain doctrinal things can confuse and confound things. We often assume that people, even fellow believers in Christ, aren’t getting the job done unless they do it like we do. We assume we are doing it right.
The truth is that we’re all in this together. It will take all of us living as shining examples of Christ’s love and deliverance in order to reach our respective communities. Everyone doesn’t have to follow with us. They just have to follow Jesus.