When the Apostels returned to Jesus they celebrated that “even the demons obey us!” Jesus looked at them and said, “Do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:20)
I found this and thought it worth passing on. It is by Bill Walsh and is an entry from the Desiring God blog. It is a series of questions Mr. Walsh asks himself in regards to “success” in ministry. It is also a good set of questions for each of us to ask ourselves regularly.
- Do I rejoice that God, by some mystery… wrote my name in his Book of Life?
- Do I rejoice that God, from the beginning, had me in mind when he was carrying out his plan to redeem a people for the glory of his name?
- Do I rejoice that God sent his Son on a mission from heaven to become the Word made flesh on my behalf, in order to save me from my sins?
- Do I rejoice that Christ lived perfectly without sin, fulfilling the law in my place, in order that its righteous requirements might be fulfilled in me by grace through faith?
- Do I rejoice that the Lord Jesus bore my sins in his body on the tree, so that I could receive forgiveness for every sin that I have or will commit?
- Do I rejoice that day by day, these truths are sinking down into my soul and, as C.S. Lewis says, re-working my house; re-building, re-furnishing, preparing me for greater works ahead and ultimately for a greater Kingdom ahead.
- Do I rejoice in counting everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord who is bringing me to God?
What do you rejoice in?