*When I read this over, it seems to me I was unable to achieve clarity in my musings…..
please bear with me and pretend you understand, that’s right, just nod, and say hmmmmmmm.
17The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”
18He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.
19I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.
20However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
This has been sitting in drafts for a while waiting for me to get back to it and finish it up.
What struck me about this verse is ~
We look at this and are amazed that we and (the seventy-two) could have that much power and be awe-struck that they were able to get demons to submit to them
Sidenote: notice the submit to us ‘IN YOUR (Jesus’) NAME’ ~ We even overlook that little detail.
We notice the outward signs of our set-apartness. The spiritual gifts that can be seen, that are flashy.
The tongues, miracles, prophecy, the speaking, leading and exhorting gifts. (who is the focus on when we use these gifts?)
We don’t notice the other gifts, the serving, teaching, mercy, wisdom, knowledge, faith (did you know that even your faith is a gift from God?)
1 Corinthians 12:1-14
1 Corinthians 12:27-30
The quiet or less noticeable of gifts seems to be put on the back burner, because really they are not sparkly, suited in expensive clothes and brilliant gold.
The more importantly, we tend to not focus on the most important aspect of our consecration.
We do not rejoice in our names being counted among the many written in heaven by our Heavenly Father.
We do not rejoice that we are His and He has equipped us for good works, given each of us a unique gift.
We need to rejoice in the hope that is He returning to us.
We need to then take up our skirts (gird up our loins) and use that gift. In appreciation for He has done for us.
What’s the familiar, of not somewhat cheesy, saying? Be blessed to be a blessing.
Rejoice Always, Kristina