Etched in Heaven

Luke 10:17-20:

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.

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About Danny Slavich

I am a Christian husband, father, pastor, and poet. I lead Pembroke Road Baptist Church a multi-cultural, multi-generational church in urban South Florida.
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One Response to Etched in Heaven

  1. Lee says:

    Thanks for this post. My difficulty is in how to accept thanks for “things I’ve done” in ministry – whether it’s playing the piano, or leading a Bible study, etc. (*) Recently I’ve become better at this – accepting thanks as praise to God for His work in my life and that of the person thanking me, but it’s still something I struggle with – so this is a great passage to be reminded of.

    (*) Specifically, because pride is such a problem for me, it’s always a temptation to steal the glory from God in these situations. But I also struggle at a basic level to know what to do with the thanks (or compliment).

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