“However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” – Luke 10:20
In this passage, Jesus was speaking to the seventy-two disciples who had been equipped and sent out to share the good news of His Name. Upon their return, they were overjoyed that even the demons submitted to them in Jesus’ name. Despite His joy in their enthusiasm, He reminded them that what mattered more than anything that they had seen or experienced, was the assurance that they had been granted the gift of eternal life, by the grace of God, when they had chosen to follow Him.
To each of us, a measure of gifts are given so that we might glorify God and guide others to Him, through our faithful obedience to utilize what we have been granted. That being said, our focus ought to be on the Giver and not on the gift. Our greatest “possession” is the peace that passes all understanding by the hope that is presented through the promise of our ultimate destination, when we give our hearts to God and learn to live for Him.
Some will reap and others sow, and still others will witness the harvest. Rather than revel in the glory we see today, we are to fix our eyes on our eternal prize that is found in He alone, who is our heavenly hope.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You empower and equip us to accomplish things in Your Name. Keep us from losing sight of You, our Source, and may we always rejoice as we remember that we have been redeemed. Teach us, lead us and love us, so that we too might love one another as You have called us to do. Help us to always keep a heavenly perspective as we press on in all that You have prepared for us. May our faithful obedience fulfill the great commission so that we may soon see You, our great and coming King. Amen.
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