And Pastor Mike returned with joy, saying, “Lord, we had such an amazing service. Broken marriages were restored, lives were rededicated to you, some people got saved, a few joined the church, many more were baptized, fractured relationships were restored. And all of this in your name!” 18 And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. 20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:17-20, updated a little)
I am far too prone to find my identity in success or failure in ministry. Luke 10:17-20 is a great reminder that even if we have the most amazing and marvelous success in ministry it will never match up to the greatest gift we’ve been given; namely, our salvation.
This is just another reminder that our greatest accomplishment is always going to be what was accomplished for us by another.