Jesus said to the men, "I saw Satan (the devil) falling like lightning from the sky. Listen! I gave you power to walk on snakes and scorpions. I gave you more power than the Enemy (the devil) has. Nothing will hurt you. Yes, the spirits obey you. And be happy. Why? Not because you have this power, but be happy because your names are written in heaven."
— Luke 10:18-20 NLT
If you are like me at all, you find yourself distracted from the ultimate goal by all sorts of temporary opportunities, achievements, and victories. However, I've come to realize that Satan lets few victories remain without counter-attack and that I often let my guard down after a major victory. While Jesus is thrilled about the disciples' successes, he also knows their vulnerabilities and wants to keep them focused on the ultimate blessing—eternity with God in Heaven. Let's "keep our eyes on the prize" while we rejoice that Jesus does his great work through us!
Father, I confess that I let the world, and those moments of glory that I find in the world, distract me from my ultimate goal of spending eternal life with you in Heaven. Keep my hope focused on the glory yet to be revealed in me at Jesus' coming. At the same time, Father, please work through me to do your work and to bring you praise. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- John 14:1-4
- 1 John 3:1-2
- Philippians 3:13-14
About This Devotional
What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.
What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.
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