First day back to work after vacation and it was definitely a case of “the Monday’s”. Working to get back in the rhythm of normal daily life. Yesterday’s sermon on “Green Pastures” by Pastor Steve was exactly what we needed returning from a good vacation away but looking toward the busy couple of weeks ahead. Marianne’s photography business is doing very well and she is almost full up with work for this summer’s Senior Portraits run. On top of that we are coming up to seeing Bella off on a world wide missions trip for 6 months and the rest of the kiddos starting school…however, that also means its Football Season!
My reading today was Luke 10:13-20 where Jesus talks about unrepentant cities and the cost of rejecting His gospel when it comes by way His messengers. My focus though was drawn to these verses:
And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”Luke 10:18-20 [NKJV]
As the 70 returned from their missions that Jesus sent them out on, they were talking about all that they were able to do in Jesus’ name; including the demons being ‘subject to them’. Jesus talks to them about this ability and power He has given them but then He is quick to remind them not to let this go to their heads…no, rejoice in that their reward and security are in heaven. Jesus wants their attention to be on the things that last rather than the earthly things. Even the people they prayed over and saw delivered from demons would still one day pass-away. Jesus wants His church’s perspective to always be centered on pointing people to the hope of being with Christ forever. There is work to be done and God gives us the calling and wisdom to execute the building of His Kingdom here on earth….but we should ever have our view in our windshield be the life in heaven that is awaiting us.