Our Greatest Blessing
Read Luke Chapter 10
Lk 10:17 The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” 18 He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. 20 However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
I have a tendency to want some occasional proof that I am one of God’s children. That largely stems from the lingering effects of an insecure childhood. So, whenever the Lord shows me something which affirms my relationship with Him, I rejoice. He does so quite often, even though I’ve had enough proof to last a lifetime, and He is under no obligation to satisfy my continued insecurities. Even if I didn’t have some life’s markers, in which God made Himself very real to me, I would still have the written word. He cannot deny Himself. We can always count on His word to be trustworthy.
2Ti 2:13 if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself
As I said earlier, each time He shows Himself to me, or even shows up in some special way in the life of someone I know, I rejoice. Those times are special times of joy and comfort. I do like to rejoice over the miracle of a changed heart. I see that occasionally in this ministry. This is quite a lengthy introduction to come to the main point. Our greatest blessing is that our names are written in Heaven! We have every right to rejoice over other events, and other blessings. It would be almost impossible to ignore them. For example, my family is a tremendous blessing. Today is my wedding anniversary, and I must thank God for placing a very special woman in my life.
I could make a long list of blessings, and rejoice over each one of them. But none of them would be as important or as special as the one mentioned in this scripture passage. If I had no other blessing but this one, it would be enough. My name is written in Heaven! You have the same promise; your name is written in Heaven. You would not be reading this if the Spirit were not alive and active in your life. No matter how strongly our enemy has tried to make you feel like a spiritual orphan, he cannot change the truth. No matter how strongly he has tried to make you feel like God doesn’t love you and accept you, and how often he may guilt you over your same-sex attractions, the fact remains. Those who have accepted Jesus as their Savior are children of God. Rejoice that your name has been written in Heaven.
Prayer: Thank You for this truth! Thank You that I, and others, have been reconciled to You through the blood and body of Your Son. We rejoice that our names are written in Heaven!!