“When the 72 followers returned, they were excited and said, “Lord, even the demons obeyed when we spoke in your name!” Jesus told them: I saw Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning. I have given you the power to trample on snakes and scorpions and to defeat the power of your enemy Satan. Nothing can harm you. But don’t be happy because evil spirits obey you. Be happy that your names are written in heaven!”
In our Christian life, it can be very exciting to ” do things for Jesus”. Good things. Things we are encouraged to do, like pray for the sick. And Jesus has told us we will have the power to do good things in his name. And so we should!
But Jesus says something small but interesting at the end of this text. He says” be happy that your names are written in heaven!”
There is nothing wrong with being happy in doing good things in the power of our Lord, but our greatest joy and excitement should be in the simple but awesome fact – we have been saved. Washed clean of our sins and we are named, have a future through Christ, in Heaven! This is the greatest news ever, and this is what we need to do even more of – share this good news. Share the story of redemption, give others the chance to have their names written in Heaven, too!