1st Sunday in Lent.
Many who celebrate Lent don’t realize that Sundays aren’t included in the 40 days of prayer and fasting.
This is because Sundays have always been days of celebration. It was on the first day of the week that Jesus rose from the dead. Consequently, every Sunday celebrates Easter!
In Luke 10:17 we find the seventy-two disciples returning to Jesus with joy. “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name!”
It must have been pretty exciting having such authority and power… Casting out demons, healing the sick, maybe even raising the dead, trusting in God day to day to meet all of their needs and discovering all the persons of peace in their world. It even brought joy to Jesus (v. 21)
But there is a verse that is easily missed in all the euphoria of this successful mission. Jesus says in v. 20, “Do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” In Christian living, success often takes our eyes off the true prize.
Success often grows pride rather than humility.
Success often grows self-reliance rather than faith.
Success often grows self-sufficiency rather than interdependence with brothers and sisters in Jesus.
Rejoice, Jesus says, that your names are written in heaven. Keep your focus.
I want to encourage you to celebrate today! Rejoice! We are experiencing the Kingdom of Jesus now…and will experience it forever.
Have a blessed, joyful Sunday.