Luke 10:17-20 17 The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” 18 He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. 20 However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.
Perspective. That’s what Jesus gives the 72 when they return from their first mission trip. They came back pumped up about all that happened while they were out. Sick people were healed and even demons came out of people by the name of Jesus. They thought that was pretty cool. “No one can stop me now!” But Jesus gave them perspective. Of course the demons submitted to His name; Jesus was there when Satan was kicked out of heaven. This shouldn’t really surprise you, Jesus was telling them. And even though it’s true, don’t let it become what you get excited about. Get excited about the fact that you get to spend eternity in heaven.
It’s good perspective, really. I hear Christians talk about all the spiritual gifts they have. I hear them talk about how effective they are at praying for people. I hear them get all excited about casting out demons. Don’t get me wrong, that’s all exciting stuff. But what should be more exciting is our salvation and the salvation of others. We get so caught up on what we have to offer and forget to rejoice in the one who offered it. We think we are Mr. Big Stuff because of all our talents, but never mention who gave us those talents.
The focus should be on Him, not us. When we focus on what we have and not on who He is, people will start turning to us and not Him. Maybe that’s what you want, but it’s not what they need. You shouldn’t have to talk about all your gifts, you should just give them back to the Lord by serving Him in them. Talking about them usually comes from one of two places: insecurity and pride. Sometimes it’s both. It’s not about us, people! It’s not about the gift; it’s about the giver of the gift. So don’t rejoice in the fact that you’re all that, rejoice in the fact that your name is written in heaven.