Rejoice

A couple posts ago, I asked a question about serving.  Here’s another question I’ve been pondering: where do we find our joy?  It is so easy to be misled in this area.  I won’t even start talking about entertainment; think about that for yourself.  But you know, if something is “spiritual,” we Christians try to find joy in that.  Check out this verse:

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

This verse shocked me when I read it several days ago.  Jesus was rebuking the disciples here, because they were rejoicing in their power to drive out demons in the name of Jesus.  Out of everything, we aren’t even allowed to find happiness in the power and authority God has given us?  Interesting: I wonder why?  Of course, there’s the obvious question of pride.  We must always remember that all our power comes from God alone.  We have to stay humble.

But I think the real issue here is our perspective.  Yes, Jesus has given us amazing power, and that’s awesome.  Not everyone takes advantage of it, sadly.  But if we know who Jesus is, these “super-spiritual” things really don’t seem that great.  Jesus even said that the tiniest amount of faith can move mountains.  If you believe in God just because of spiritual things you’ve seen, you’re missing the point.

What’s the point?  This is the true miracle: Jesus has saved us from eternal damnation, and our names are now written in heaven.  We will forever be alive with Him in glory.  We had no hope, and still, God loved us.  Now that’s something to rejoice about.

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.“–Philippians 4:4

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