We Work Together

John Koedyker

Read: Mark 9:38-41

The one who is not against us is for us. (v. 40)

One Thanksgiving Day some years ago, our kitchen was a bustle of activity. My son was carving the turkey; I was putting ice in the water glasses; my wife was taking the rolls out of the oven. It was a busy place! I glanced over at my mother-in-law, who was preparing a vegetable tray. She smiled back at me and said, “WWT.” “WWT?” I replied. “What does that mean?” “We work together,” she answered.

“WWT”—what a great description! I’ve used that again and again in similar situations. What a great feeling to be a part of a group of people working together to accomplish a task! The disciples were not so sure who they should “WWT” with. “Teacher,” John said, “we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us” (v. 38). But Jesus disagreed: “Do not stop him. . . . For the one who is not against us is for us” (vv. 39-40).

Unfortunately, we sometimes do this in life. Maybe we feel a sense of superiority over another group of people. Or perhaps we do it because we don’t like certain points of theology or practices of certain Christian groups. There is a saying from the 17th century that captures the spirit of what Jesus intends: “In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things charity.” WWT, indeed! —John Koedyker

Prayer: Lord, may WWT be a motto that we as believers practice in the church as well as in the world. Amen.