TRUST: God Knows One’s Motives


Motives are that which causes a person to act in a certain way or do a certain thing. It is virtually impossible to initially determine why a person acts or does something. We cannot tell whether one’s motives are selfish or not. We do not know if one who expresses an interest in a relationship is genuine or not. We do not know if one who seeks to help is after something else or not. The spectrum of uncertainty in regards to another’s motive is difficult to gauge, but we can TRUST: God Knows One’s Motives.

In Mark 9, we see John express this uncertainty to Jesus. It is there that we learn TRUST: God Knows One’s Motives. Let’s go to the passage to see it in action.

Mark 9

38 “Teacher,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.”

39 “Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “For no one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, 40 for whoever is not against us is for us. 41 Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward.

In the passage, we see John reveal how he responded to watching a man drive out demons in the name of Jesus. Clearly, the man John and other disciples encountered was driving out demons in Jesus’ name because that is what John reported to Jesus. Remember, John was with James and Peter when they returned to find the other disciples fail in their attempt to drive out a demon from the man’s son. Now, John encounters a man, who was not of the disciples known to him, driving out demons in Jesus’ name. Was he upset? Was he jealous? We do know that John was not convinced of his motives for driving out demons, but Jesus conveys TRUST: God Knows One’s Motives.

Listen to Jesus’ response to the disciples response to a man who was driving out demons in Jesus’ name. “39 “Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “For no one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, 40 for whoever is not against us is for us.” Jesus gives us a litmus test to gauge one’s motives or at least serve as a guide for how we should respond. First, the person should be allowed to do the work of God without our intervention. Jesus said “For no one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me.” The point was that there was no way for someone to do a miracle in Jesus’ then in the next assert that Jesus was not God. That is the bad that people were asserting about Jesus.

Additionally, we know from Luke 10 that Jesus commissioned 72 other disciples to go ahead of Him to every town and place where he was about to go. Why? He told them “Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’” Jesus conveys TRUST: God Knows One’s Motives.

Jesus conveys TRUST: God Knows One’s Motives. Our concern must be about God’s work. We need not be concerned about the motives from which one serves. Jesus conveys TRUST: God Knows One’s Motives. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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