"The seventy-two returned with joy and said, ‘Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.’ 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 10:17-20
I love celebrating a victory. I guess it’s mostly because of my competitive nature. I’ve been known to do a victory dance after sending my opponent into the water in Wii Swordplay. I’m one of those that automatically jumps up when my team makes a last second winning shot. I clap very loud, and sometimes shout even louder. I’ve even been asked by my kids to control myself while watching an Angels’ game when their friends were visiting. I’ve been told I scare people with my outbursts.
When it comes to spiritual victories, I think we should celebrate even more. It must have been incredible to be among the 32 pairs that Jesus sent out into the towns and places He was about to go. According to Luke 10:17, those men were stoked when they returned to Jesus with their reports of great victories for the Kingdom of God. They were amazed at the power of God that worked through them. Jesus even confirmed their impact on the realm of spiritual evil, as well as their supernatural authority over earthly things. But then Jesus warns them not to get too excited over their experience of evil submitting to them.
When we serve God, there are so many things over which to rejoice. Celebration is appropriate whenever we see the Kingdom of God expanded. When broken marriages are healed, when addiction is overcome, when the cycle of abuse is ended, when the good news of Jesus is proclaimed, whenever Satan looses territory over which he previously controlled, we have reason to rejoice. But Jesus says there is a more fundamental reason for rejoicing, our own personal salvation.
Jesus makes it very clear in Luke 10:20 that He wants us to keep our focus mainly on the victory of our own salvation; a victory He accomplished on the cross for us and confirmed in His resurrection. Your name is written in heaven if you have believed in His message and trusted Him alone to save you from sin (John 1:12; 3:16; 14:1; Acts 10:43; Hebrews 12:23). If you now have Christ in your life, you have a guaranteed victory that is very personal and protected.
Isn’t it great that if you have Jesus, your eternal spot in heaven is secure? Is there any circumstance or feeling you could experience today that compete with the joy of having your name written in heaven?
If your name is written in heaven rejoice by telling God how grateful you are. If you’re not sure about your name being written in heaven and want to be, call one of these Sunrise campuses (Rialto – 909-875-5566, Ontario – 909-984-4419), or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on Wed, February 1, 2012
by David Gaunt