Thanksgiving for the Kingdom of God
Proper Rejoicing for the Kingdom – Part III
Scripture Reading: Luke 10:17-20
Key Verse: Luke 10:20
“However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
This week we are studying why we should rejoice in God’s Kingdom.
Of course, we want to be grateful and praise God for all the ways He blesses us. However, according to today’s Key Verse, the greatest reason to praise God is because He has written our names in Heaven.
The Book of Revelation gives us a wonderful picture of what heaven looks like, and it ends with this:
Nothing evil will be allowed to enter, nor anyone who practices shameful idolatry and dishonesty—but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. (Revelation 21:27)
Revelation makes it clear how a person can know that God has written their name in His book:
“Blessed are those who wash their robes. They will be permitted to enter through the gates of the city and eat the fruit from the tree of life.” (Revelation 22:14)
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” Let anyone who hears this say, “Come.” Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life. (Revelation 22:17)
The phrase, “wash their robes” means that a person has asked Jesus to clean them and wash away the sins of their life. Those who are thirsty refers to people who have a thirst for God and to be right with Him.
God’s Spirit invites anyone to come to Him and seek forgiveness.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus uses the same analogy:
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” (Matthew 5:6)
This makes it clear that if you long to be a good person and stop doing sinful things, then God makes you a new person in Christ Jesus.
The Old Testament prophet, Jeremiah prophesized that this would happen:
“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:12-13)
Has God written your name in Heaven’s Book? It is when you ask Jesus to forgive your sins and for Him to live in your life.
Father, I am grateful for Your Kingdom. I am grateful that You forgive my sins because of my faith in Jesus. With Your help, I will walk in confident hope of my eternal life and be obedient to the Holy Spirit’s voice. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.