Thanksgiving for the Kingdom of God
Proper Rejoicing for the Kingdom – Part VII
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.”
In yesterday’s devotional, we looked at what the Apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians chapter 15. After giving us hope about our transformation into eternal beings, he closes with this:
So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless. (1 Corinthians 15:58 NLT)
This verse begs the question: how can we “be strong and immovable”?
The context of this verse, as we looked at in yesterday’s devotional, supplies the reason for our strength in the Lord. This is not physical strength, but rather spiritual strength. Spiritual strength is our determination and will.
The difference between time in this life and time in the next life, as we looked at in yesterday’s devotional, strengthens our determination to be obedient to all of Jesus’s teachings.
When we stay focused on today’s circumstances and all the things we need to do, life can seem long. But when we look back on life, we realize how short life seems. The Apostle James writes this truth this way:
How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. (James 4:14 NLT)
The older I get the more I relate to James’s words. I look back over my life and my career and it is like a morning fog; here for a little while, then it is gone.
This can be morbid and depressing if we think that this life is all there is. But for us believers, the Bible reminds us that even though this life passes by quickly, we can look forward to eternal life with God along with all those who have put their trust in Jesus.
Every time I hear in the news about an aged celebrity who has died but lived their life in luxury, I think: “I sure hope they asked Jesus to come into their lives and forgive their sins before they breathed their last breath”.
Jesus’s words echo in my mind:
“And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?” (Matthew 16:26 NLT)
Do not allow the problems of life to hide the joy of knowing that God has written your name in Heaven!
Father, help me to never forget nor take for granted the privilege of having eternal life in Christ Jesus. I ask this in Jesus’s Name, amen.