Dramatic results are exciting. The disciples were thrilled when they saw demons respond to their God-given authority and Jesus acknowledged the power of the kingdom. However, Jesus pointed to something more important: “Rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven” (Luke 10:17-20).

Perhaps His words allude to Malachi 3:16. The Lord’s “book of remembrance” includes the names of “those who fear the Lord and who esteem His name”. In other words, people who value and respect God so much that they love and obey Him. Such people are loyal kingdom subjects and the King has made a note of them – in His book. That’s more exciting than an outstanding outreach.

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