“Whoever listens to you listens to me; whoever rejects you rejects me; but whoever rejects me rejects him who sent me.” The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
Jesus told His disciples that their true joy is not in success on earth but that “your names are written in Heaven”. He teaches that the advance of God’s kingdom is the most important thing of all, that bringing others to know Him is our primary duty. He calls us all to be His representatives on earth.
What a marvelous promise for those who are faithful! When we share His love with others, we ourselves are blessed as well. Our choice to obey is the key – God gave us our own will and the ability to choose. However, as Jesus warns “whoever rejects you rejects me; but whoever rejects me rejects him who sent me.” While we are free to choose, there are consequences for our behavior.
These are things we need to be aware of every day. We have responsibilities to God and each other, and earthly victory is nothing compared to eternity. May we always choose to follow the path Jesus showed us and help others to choose Him for themselves.
Gracious God, we are grateful for the love and freedom You provide. Help us to share that love with everyone, using our freedom wisely. Amen.