14
Apr
14

Bringing Joy To Jesus

When the seventy-two followers Jesus had sent out returned to Him, they were filled with joy at the ministry that they had been able to accomplish.  Jesus was filled with joy because of what the Father had done through these seventy-two people.  I believe that when the church is functioning at maximum effectiveness and reaching people for Jesus that it brings joy to the Father’s heart.  It puts a smile on Jesus’ face.  When everyone is pitching in and doing their part to help the church accomplish her God-given mission, then the Father is pleased.  When lives are transformed by the power of the Gospel, then Jesus rejoices.  Our work as Christians is about more than just drawing in crowds to be entertained for an hour on Sunday.  The work of the church is to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ so that lives are changed for the glory of God.  So how can you get involved in your church to make this happen more effectively?  How can you volunteer so that the church can reach more people who don’t know Christ?  How can you pitch in to help ensure that more people go to Heaven?  How can you partner with God to build His Kingdom here on earth as it is in Heaven?  Let’s get out there and do it!

Luke 10:17-24 (NIV)

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.”

21 At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.

22 “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”

23 Then he turned to his disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. 24 For I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”

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