In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight. ~Luke 10:21
As Christians, we stress the importance of pleasing God, glorifying Him in body and spirit, and honoring Him in our worship. In our devotion this morning, we see Jesus rejoicing in spirit. The word “rejoice” means “to be exceeding glad.” Let us see, this morning, what makes Jesus happy.
We see the submissive.
“After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.” Jesus recruited and involved seventy other men in bringing the gospel to the cities. The responsibility of the gospel message was not limited to just the apostles. The will of our Lord is that all of His disciples are “sent… before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.” The seventy were ready, surrendered, and willing to go. Is Jesus happy with your submission?
We see the soulwinning.
The seventy were sent to preach the gospel. Jesus gave them the same command that He gave to the apostles. He told them that the harvest is plenteous, but the laborers are few. They were to win the lost, set sinners free, and build the kingdom of God. Our Lord is happy when we are winning souls to Him. We have a message that is transformational and timeless. When we do the work of soulwining, there is rejection, setbacks, and even persecution. It is not easy work, but it is essential work. It is intimidating work, but it is also involved work. It is rigorous work, but it is also rewarding work. Is Jesus happy with your soulwnning?
We see the simple.
The seventy trusted Jesus in His commands and instructions. They did not argue, show reluctance, or have any reservations. They went out, following through with His instructions. Jesus referred to them as babes. They were humble and simple in obeying His Word. They learned the first thing about being used of God: they humbled themselves to Him. “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.” There is no gain until we give ourselves up. There is no abounding until we are abased. There is no honor until there is humility. In Matthew 18, Jesus said that we must have the faith of a little child. This is simple, trusting, unreserved faith that He is the God Who is. Is Jesus happy with your simplicity?
We see the satisfied.
The seventy returned with rejoicing. They learned that there is joy in serving Jesus! They learned that when souls get saved, we return with rejoicing. They learned that the Lord is pleased when we exercise faith. They learned how to appropriate the power of God in service. They learned that God took care of them as they took care of His business. The seventy were satisfied in their calling and work. Jesus rejoiced that God the Father was pleased to bless and use these men for His glory. Jesus rejoices when we have faith in His terms of service and serve Him with no reservation. Let’s make Jesus happy!
Have a God-pleasing God morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Acts 21-23