HOST: Ron House
The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
Obviously, the seventy had followed Jesus’ instructions, and their faith and faithfulness had been rewarded by their great success, demonstrated even in the ability to cast out demons. This power over demons seen in Jesus’ disciples was a sign of the coming downfall of Satan that Jesus would accomplish through His death and resurrection. But Jesus’ accompanies this rejoicing over their success with a warning. “Do not rejoice in this...but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” As with all of us, there was the propensity with these disciples to rejoice in this authority over demons to the point that they would become haughty and arrogant, giving themselves the credit and praise for their abilities, and forgetting the true purpose of their work. Jesus reminds them that they must remain focused on the great blessing of salvation as their source of rejoicing, and in that recognition, be ever committed to sharing that message of salvation with others. What a great lesson for us to remember today!
What kinds of things can cause us to lose our focus on salvation today?
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