“He replied, “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.””Luke 10:18-20, NIV
It feels so good to get excited about wins in life. I remember back in high school when our band got second at a state competition. That was a first for our school and we were ecstatic!! It felt amazing!! I remember our band director celebrating with us. I also remember going to school that following Monday and getting back to practice. We had done amazing…and we needed to keep working.
I love the encouragement of the Lord to the 72 He sent out in His name. He rejoiced with them. He affirmed the power they have in Him. I love that we have a God that rejoices with us. He empowers us to live in His name and then he affirms that work and encourages us.
Jesus doesn’t stop at encouragement. He cautions the 72 to not stop and to continue on towards the goal…eternity with Him. Their new power is not the most important thing. It’s not the end goal of a relationship with Jesus. Eternity is.
Dear God, let us not loose sight of you in the midst of the work you are doing through us. Let us not get so caught up in the work that we neglect our relationship with you. Thank you for being a God that celebrates with us. You are so good!! Amen.