Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven. — Luke 10:20
Jesus speaks these words to His disciples after He had sent them out to proclaim the gospel and do works in His name. When they returned to Him, they were amazed at all they were able to accomplish.
The disciples fell into an easy trap. They were so consumed with the things they were able to accomplish, it seemed to overshadow their purpose for doing those works and distract them from what they had already received through Christ – rejoice because your names are written in heaven.
We, too, must first recognize all we have and are able to do is because of Christ. If we proclaim the gospel to others and they are drawn into a relationship with God, it is because of His power. If we are able to provide pastoral care to someone, it is because of His peace and grace. Knowing He is the One with authority, who then gives us the opportunity to act in His name and for His glory, we want to remember our calling – to continue His mission in proclaiming the good news to all.
Reflect on a few gifts you have received from God (i.e. grace, forgiveness). How are you able to share these gifts with others so you can bring glory to God?
This devotional is from the New Apostolic Church USA sermon series, Learn from Me.
THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: To believe in the heroic makes heroes. — Benjamin Disraeli