The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” And He said to them, “I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightning. Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven.” Luke 10:18-20
Jesus has just sent his followers on a trip to share the good news. He gives them specific instructions on what to do and what to say and then the seventy people he sends out come back to Jesus to report how the trip went. They tell Jesus about how the trip was so successful that even the demons were subject to Jesus’ name. Jesus affirms their authority in Christ but also refocuses them. Jesus reminds them that what they should be focusing on and rejoicing about is that they will get to join Him in heaven some day. He is reminding them that the most important thing is always the Gospel.
I know it is easy for me to get sidetracked. I get busy and focused on things that sound good but are not the most important thing. The most important thing, the thing that should rule my time and energy is the Gospel. The Gospel is life- for me and everyone else. Sharing it with everyone I encounter needs to become my main goal. I am not there yet. I often let the “urgent” get in the way of what is the most important.
I want to challenge you this week to ask the Holy Spirit what you are focusing on right now that is not the Gospel. Maybe it is something that looks good, like “casting out demons”, or your kids, or helping out with a charity, or staying focused at your job. Or maybe its something that doesn’t look so good, like an addiction, or a habit of sin you are having trouble breaking free of, or pride, or gossip…Either way allow the Holy Spirit to reveal it to you, and let Him deal with you there. Give Him permission to begin to cut it out of your heart. Let Him change you and make you into a man or woman who cares the most about the Gospel. Let Him refocus you.
Diving In is our online mid-week devotional. It jumps into the message from Sunday and takes you a little deeper. Take a moment to slow down from your busy day, and hear from the Holy Spirit. We re-post every Wednesday. You can follow along by clicking the +Follow button in the bottom-right corner of your screen. Diving In is written by Erika Thornton (Pastor Jonathan’s wife). Erika loves helping other people experience who they are in Christ and helping them pursue His plans for them. In her free time she loves playing with her five kids and painting.