Date: Thursday, September 26
Scripture: Luke 10:17-20
Verse: He said to them, “I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning. (Luke 10:18)
I love watching God work in and through our youth on mission trips. Every year we hear of groups making deep connections with the people they serve – sharing meals together, playing games, swapping stories, and generally just enjoying the connection between them and ultimately to God. These God-sightings, as we call them on our mission trips, are the reason we go. Sharing the love of God and proclaiming his Kingdom in the midst of a world that oppresses the poor. The youth are typically stunned by the ways in which God uses them for his work.
In today’s passage the seventy Jesus sent out with instructions to heal the sick and proclaim in each city the coming of the Kingdom of God in the surrounding cities return to him, reporting on what has happened on their journeys. LIke the youth on the mission trips, their excitement is evident. They are telling stories of what they were able to do in Jesus’ name, performing far beyond their expectations because of the power of God working through them. In their work something miraculous happened. Jesus says, “I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning,” as a way of saying the disciples are announcing God’s reign and rule, and that the reign of evil is coming to an end.
The best way to battle evil is by overcoming it with good. By living out Kingdom lives, we cause Satan to fall. May we be people who proclaim God’s work in what we say and how we live.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, give me the courage to follow your example and to share your good news with those I meet in the day ahead. Amen.
Action: Consider giving your time and energy to serve another. Donate to our food drive for Tri-Lakes Cares. Give a flood bucket. Serve in the recovery from the Black Forest Fire. Find another place to be of service.
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