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.”
I appreciated the Lord’s words here, as someone who desires to stomp on serpents’ heads and do great work for the kingdom. Of course, like the disciples, anything I “accomplish” would have been given to me by Him. Still, like them, I might be tempted to rejoice in what the Lord has done through me and my ministry. I do pray that the Lord uses me for the good of his people and the glory of his name, whatever that ends up looking like in terms of “success.”
But my primary source of joy should be the etching of my name into heaven’s book — that I have been saved from myself and will spend eternity with the Lord. So should your joy be.