I guess I am still stuck on yesterday’s message.
Look: I’ve given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and every other power of the enemy. Nothing will ever be able to harm you. But — don’t celebrate having spirits under your authority. Celebrate this, that your names are written in heaven. (10:19-20)
It is just plain easy to have pride in or “celebrate” what we have been able to do for and because of God. In the apostles’ case that meant the ability to exorcise demons. But Jesus’ warning is unequivocal. Don’t celebrate what you can do, rather what was done for you. It is not about your gifts, rather the gift that was given you. Tell others not about your authority, rather about the authority of God, the power by which we serve.
May God’s name and praise be always on our lips!