The disciples had just finished their “Kick Out The Devil” tour and were high-fiving each other and sharing victory stories.
“Did you see that guy snarling right in my face? One word, baby, and that demon was gone. Cured ‘im. Now he’s on the worship team.”
They returned to Jesus and couldn’t wait to give him their report.
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.” (LK 10.17-20)
It feels good to knock the ball out of the park, be it in the workplace or the kingdom of God. You take an incredible photograph or cook an amazing meal. You land a large account or haul in an 18″ Palamino Trout. You lead the Care Group of the decade or dispense a life-changing pearl of wisdom to that new believer. Success is exhilarating.
But Jesus says there’s something even more amazing than success, or spiritual gifts or power - that our names are written in heaven.
In electing love, God wrote our names in heaven before he created the universe, even then knowing all our sins and failures, then he sent his Son to redeem us and his Spirit to transform us.
Are you a believer? Your name is written in heaven. It will never be erased or forgotten, and God will bring you to where your name is inscribed. Now that is something to rejoice in.
So if you knock the ball out of the park this week, as you’re rounding the bases, rejoice that your name is indelibly engraved in the book of life.
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