Learning from Luke: Life on the Winning Side

Learning from Luke: Life on the Winning Side Sermon Audio Here

Luke 10:17-24

A conference at a Presbyterian church in Omaha. People were given helium filled balloons and told to release them at some point in the service when they felt like expressing the joy in their hearts. Since they were Presbyterians, they weren’t free to say “Hallelujah, Praise the Lord.” All through the service balloons ascended, but when it was over 1/3 of the balloons were unreleased. Let your balloon go.

What Kind of Joy Do You Have?

Focused on Conduct
Luke 10:17-20 ~ Returned With Joy

  • v17 Notice the disciples’ joy; they focused on the process
  • v18 Jesus focused on the finished work
  • v19 main point: overcome the power of the enemy thru Christ; we are protected from the Adversary (not bodily harm)
  • v20 don’t obsess on spiritual warfare, but on your personal victory; you have been rescued (your ultimate cause for joy)

Found In Connection
Luke 10:21-24 ~ Full of Joy in the Spirit

  • v21 Jesus takes joy in Father’s Work; Father’s work is found IN US
  • v22 We know the Son THROUGH the Father BECAUSE of the choice of the Son; God in Trinity chooses us: Father selects, Son reveals, Spirit brings to life
  • v23 (cf 6:20- Blessed because God NOTICES you); when we find joy in the work that God is doing in us, we’re reminded that God NOTICES what we do, and is pleased by it; our attempts at living Kingdom-based lives make God smile
  • “Every faculty you have, your power of thinking or of moving your limbs from moment to moment, is given you by God. If you devoted every moment of your whole life exclusively to His service you could not give Him anything that was not in a sense His own already. So that when we talk of a man doing anything for God or giving anything to God, I will tell you what that is really like.

    It is like a small child going to it’s father and saying, ‘Daddy, give me sixpence to buy you a birthday present.’ Of course, the father does, and he is pleased with the child’s present. It is all very nice and proper, but only an idiot would think that the father is sixpence to the good on the transaction. When a man has made these two discoveries God can really get to work. It is after this that real life begins. The man is awake now.”

    C. S. Lewis (1898-1963) in Mere Christianity (New York: HarperCollins, 2001), p. 192.

  • v24 warning: leaders can get lost in the task, and miss the POINT (cf. 1 Samuel 15:22, to obey better than sacrifice)

It has been said that Joy is the byproduct of obedience. Jesus obeyed the Father, and found His joy in that. If we’re going to exercise Christ’s authority, we need to do the same thing Jesus did: find our joy in obeying the Father in our lives.

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