In Luke 10:17-20, the 70 that Jesus sent to preach and heal return with joy. They rejoice that even evil spirits submit to them in Jesus’ name. Jesus tells them – “Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” Luke 10:20
- source of joy is not in accomplishments or power
- source of joy is getting to heaven? – but what is that really?
- names being written in heaven means eternity with God
- source of joy is really a relationship with God
- what we accomplish often brings us joy, but its when we let our accomplishments be a substitute for our relationship with God that we get into trouble
- The 70 could have easily slipped into rejoicing because they could do such amazing things, rather than rejoicing because they get to live with God for eternity
- One joy is based on self, the other is based on God
- But wait, doesn’t it seem like “being in heaven” is kind of focussed on self too?
- Joy is actually about the self. Its about personal happiness. The question really is where will lasting joy come from. Jesus tells us it won’t come from self-aggrandizement – from having power, from accomplishing amazing things. It will come from being with God.