You know what might be the WEIRDEST story in all of Scripture to me? The story in Luke 10 where Jesus sends out the 70. Jesus sends these 70 out with the command preach about the kingdom of God being near. When they return to Jesus they have great news!
“Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us!”
Do you hear the excitement in their voices? Do you hear the thrill as they report back to Jesus the power they have in their sharing of the gospel? Yet, as awesome as they think they have done, and honestly we probably would too, Jesus sees something bigger at work.
“I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning.”
As big and as great as their journey was in their eyes, Jesus saw far more. Jesus saw them taking place in something eternal. Something greater than you or I could EVER imagine. They saw miracles, Jesus saw Satan being defeated. They saw small success, Jesus saw them partaking in the eternal.
So where do you see Satan fall?
I have seen Satan fall when a church steps in to care for the hurting. I have seen it when justice is served, the hungry are fed, and true love is shown. I have seen Satan fall through the hands of the elderly in the church sharing wisdom and insight to a young teen, and when a small child lovingly gives a hand to a widow. But do you want to hear a secret?
I didn’t always see these wins.
No, I often overlooked these as small details which did not matter in the grand scheme of things. Yet Jesus says, “I saw Satan fall.” So put on your Jesus glasses and see those small kingdom victories which you get to both take place in personally, and witness in others. And to leave you with the words Jesus then told his disciples.