Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:20)
Through Jesus we have been given authority over the evil of this world. We have been given the power to do great things in the spiritual realm, but Jesus tells us not to rejoice in this. He tells us to rejoice in the fact that our names are written in heaven. While our actions may have awakened someone to Jesus, (and this is a great thing), our command was to create disciples. Our joy comes from Christ and what He has done for us; not what we have seen Him do through us. We were given these commands, “Follow me, go make disciples.”
Jesus doesn’t tell us to go save others. He tells us to go make disciples of the ones He has saved. We must continue to learn from Jesus and help others to learn from Him. The knowledge we learn from Him is meant to be shared not only to non-believers but to believers as well. Discipleship is a constant process of learning and teaching. Nothing we learn is meant for our benefit alone but for the benefit of others. Nothing we accomplish is meant for our glory but for the glory of Jesus.
When a soldier joins the military, they are not left in the recruiter’s office for the rest of their service. They are sent out for training and then on to battle. A soldier left at the recruiting station is no good for the military. Yes, they are a soldier and have all the benefits of a soldier, but they are not helping the force unless they are trained and fighting. When someone gives their life to Jesus, it is a great moment but not one that we are meant to let them stay in. We need to teach, train and prepare them for the battle ahead.
Let us be a people that not only recruits, but learns, teaches, trains and equips others for the day of battle.
Love Y’all! Be Blessed