Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.
In this chapter of Luke, we see the seventy who were sent out by Jesus and vested with a certain amount of authority to include power over demons. The disciples were clearly exhilarated by their newly-endowed abilities. While it was not inherently wrong for the disciples to be excited, Jesus brings their zeal back into focus.
Likewise, we have much to be excited about in our own lives. The Lord has blessed us in many ways, and it is natural to be excited as a result. We, as believers, however, can have the same tendency as the seventy. Things like spiritual gifts, music, ministry, and everything involved with Christian culture are inherently good. But they in themselves are not the foundation of our joy. Salvation is why we rejoice; our names are written in heaven.
This brings us back to our mission of making disciples, and that happens first through the preaching of the gospel. If we keep the redemption that comes through Christ as the foundation of our joy, then that is what we will tell others. If our gifts or blessings become the center of our joy, then we may talk about those things more than the gospel. The focus can be on us rather than on Him. Jesus knew that about the seventy…and us.
So, in this Advent season, we focus and rejoice in the salvation that comes through Christ. We are thankful for the gifts and benefits that He bestows upon His people, but our joy is rooted in the fact that our names are written in heaven. Seek to share the gospel with others and always be prepared to tell others the reason for the hope that is in you.