Read: Luke 10:1-37
Luke 10:17 & 20
17 When the seventy-two disciples returned, they joyfully reported to him, “Lord even the demons obey us when we use your name!”
20 “But don’t rejoice because evil spirits obey you; rejoice because your names are registered in heaven.”
Jesus sends out his followers to prepare the towns to which He is coming for His arrival. He grants them spiritual authority over evil and clearly they use it. Yes, demonic spirits are real and yes, Jesus has authority over them.
The men come back all giddy about their new found power and Jesus said to them – well, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. I have given you more authority than what you are even aware of (vs18-19). But in vs. 20 He brings perspective. He basically says, don’t get all geeked out and excited because you have this power to command spirits or any of the rest of the power… be joyful, be focused on, be excited about the fact that you are going to Heaven.
I think what Jesus was addressing here was our human propensity to get all wrapped up in the secondary issues and lose site of the primary issue. For Jesus, the primary issue was clearly salvation – rescuing lost people who were far from God. The disciples were not as excited about that as they were about their new found power.
This is a great lesson for Christ followers today. We get excited about all kinds of things… politics, spiritual power, cultural issues and influence, debatable theological arguments, etc. And I think Jesus’ message to us would be the same that it was to His disciples. Don’t get all geeked out about the secondary issues. The thing to be excited about is that God loves people, that He died for people, that salvation is here and available to people who are far from God. Get excited about that, put your focus on that, give your life to that.
Am I saying that spiritual authority and power are unimportant? No I am not! Am I saying that they are secondary issues? I’m not… Jesus is. Just got to keep things in perspective.
Jesus help me to have the same passion for this world that you do. Help me to walk in the power of your Holy Spirit, and at the same time stay focused on what is truly important. In Jesus’ name, amen.