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A Real Reason to Give Thanks and Rejoice

Luke 10:20 (ESV) … “Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

Such power and authority can be a heady experience, so the disciples were warned not to rejoice in their mission and their accomplishments and the fact that the evil spirits submitted to them (10:17). The only reason to rejoice, Jesus explained, is that your names are written in heaven. Their ministry was not to become an experience of power leading to pride, but an experience of servanthood out of love for God and out of the desire for more people to join them in the kingdom, more names “written in heaven.” (See also Exodus 32:32–33; Daniel 12:1; Malachi 3:16; Hebrews 12:23; Revelation 3:5; 20:12–15.)


Much of what’s done for Christ seeks results and rewards. Of all that you do, what matters for its own sake and doesn’t need any further reward?

… Students study hard to get grades to get … what?

… Workers put in overtime to make money to get … what?

… Disciples serve God … for what?

The Bible tells of just a few steps God’s people ought to take just because they please God: loving people, keeping promises, worshiping, telling others about Jesus. Can you add any? In all of your efforts for Christ, take time to thank God that you have eternal life.[1]

[1] Barton, B. B., Veerman, D., Taylor, L. C., & Osborne, G. R. (1997). Luke (p. 275). Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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