Rejoice

Scripture selection: Luke 10:17

The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”

Jesus said, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.  I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

At one point, Jesus’ followers – whom he had sent out in his name – returned with a glowing report.  They were doing the same sort of thing he had been doing!  Even the demonic submitted to them – mere human beings!

Jesus affirmed that they had indeed been given extraordinary power and authority in His name.

He also warned them to not get ahead of themselves.

“Rejoice,” he said, “that your names are written in heaven,” not that the spirits submitted to them.

We too should rejoice at what we are able to do – not in our own power – but in God’s.

Ministry is challenging and important and taxing and joyful – all at the same time.

We must be empowered by the Holy Spirit for all God calls us to do as His people.

Yes, even the demons believe and shudder.

But the real joy is that we are allowed to do God’s work, in God’s name, to His glory.

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