In Luke 10 Jesus sends out 72 disciples into the various towns in the region to perform signs and wonders and preach the good news. They were given power from on high to do such things, and were filled with joy when they returned…
17The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”
18He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. 20However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
They had missed the point…the power was a means to an end. Put it in practical terms…for me, there is no greater joy these days than seeing God work in our people’s lives and making them great leaders. I’ve seen many of them do things that are far exceeding their potential. But I must remember that experience is not why I’m here and it’s not the goal that we’re trying to accomplish. In the end, what we celebrate are the names written in heaven. As a church, the reason we celebrate the diversity of skills our people are adopting is because it allows us to have more of an impact. It’s a means to an end and it moves us closer to our goal – winning souls for Christ. Dedicate yourselves anew to this goal today.