17 The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” 18 And He said to them, “I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightning. 19 Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you. 20 Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven.”
My only thoughts on this passage today really only focus on the last verse. I don't know about you, but I've had some pretty great blessings in my life. I had a strong family unit growing up. I have a strong marriage and three beautiful, healthy children. I have known about God, if not known Him, my entire life. I've had good friends, in particular Christian friends. I have my hearing and my sight to enjoy the beauty of God's creation, as well as man-made art and music. I have a strong, healthy body with which to serve God, my family, and those around me at my jobs and in my community. As a Christian, I also have the Holy Spirit to guide me and give me strength in areas where I alone am weak. However, all other joys pale in comparison to having your name recorded in heaven.
Mark Driscoll's sermon: Jesus Rejoices in the Holy Spirit
From John MacArthur's sermon: The Joys of a True Disciple
Tomorrow's scripture focus: Luke 10:21-24