Rejoice in the Heavenly promise and not earthly accomplishments

By: Lisa Wilmore

Scripture: After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come…And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. And he said unto them, “I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven” (Luke 10:1;17-29).

My Christian Friends,

Many of us have had the opportunity to be a part of ministries that show compassion toward people while helping them to follow Christ. We have shared with them Jesus’ love and what he did for us on the cross. In addition, we have prayed with individuals, taken them by their hands and led them to Christ. As a result of our commitment to sharing him with others, individuals become baptized believers who then form ministries inspired by God, also.

We may witness tremendous results in our God-given ministries and rejoice for overt successes. However, in the word of God, Jesus tells us to rejoice because our names are written in heaven. If ministries are prevailing and successfully bringing people to Christ, we must note that it is God who is giving the increase. In fact, this is not the time to become “intoxicated” on “spiritual highs”, but to humble ourselves and thank God for what he has done for us.

In our text for today, Jesus sends out seventy messengers to minister to the lost. He also gives them an unexpected blessing for their ministries. That blessing is the ability to cast out demons in the name of Jesus. Luke, the writer, records their apparent positive results as they minister in Jesus’ name and with his authority. Due to their successes, they return to Jesus rejoicing saying, “Lord, even the devils are subject onto us through thy name” (Luke:10:17). Jesus immediately warns them to “rejoice not because the spirits are subject onto you but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven” (Luke 10:20).

God offers salvation through his son, Jesus, to all who will accept him as Lord of their lives. We must understand that we should rejoice in the heavenly promise and not earthly accomplishments.