Luke 10:20
[20]Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

In the world of ministry, it's natural for individuals to feel a sense of accomplishment and be joyful in their abilities and achievements. However, Jesus teaches us a valuable lesson—to rejoice not in the extraordinary things we can do, but rather in the fact that our names are written in the book of life.

While it's commendable to operate in different dimensions that captivate the attention of the crowds such as healing, performing miracles, prophesying, and nurturing a spiritual family(sons and daughters), these deeds alone do not determine our qualification for heaven.

At the end of our earthly journey, we will all stand before the judgment seat of Christ, where we will be judged for our actions both good and bad in this life.

2 Corinthians 5:10
[10]For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

The works we have done will be exposed, and we will be judged accordingly. It is important to note that performing miracles or prophesying does not automatically grant us access to heaven or validate our qualification to enter.

Jesus Himself warns us in Matthew 7:21-24 that not everyone who calls Him Lord and claims to have done mighty works in His name will enter the kingdom of heaven. Only those who do the will of the Father in heaven will find themselves welcomed into His eternal presence.

These verses reveal a sobering truth: individuals who operated in higher spiritual dimensions can still face eternal separation from God. Despite their ministry accomplishments, Jesus will declare, "I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness."

The critical factor lies not only in the external works but in the righteousness and holy living that should flow from within. True righteousness and holiness, surpassing that of the scribes and Pharisees, are prerequisites for entering the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5:20
[20]For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

The Pharisees, whom Jesus referred to as hypocrites, were servants of God who preached but failed to live out God's standard. Their actions contradicted the very essence of God's commands.

Jesus warns the people about the hypocritical behavior of the Pharisees in Matthew 23:1-7. Although they sat on Moses' seat and taught the law, they themselves did not practice what they preached. They burdened others with heavy rules while shirking their own responsibilities. Their desire for recognition and honor surpassed their commitment to genuine faith.

Matthew 23:1-7
[1]Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples,
[2]Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat:
[3]All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.
[4]For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.
[5]But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,
[6]And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues,
[7]And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.

To truly enter the kingdom of God, we must go beyond mere outward displays of righteousness. We need to cultivate a heart of genuine love for God and others.

As the apostle Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 13:1-3, even if we possess the gift of tongues, prophetic powers, and faith that can move mountains, without love, all these accomplishments amount to nothing. Love should be the foundation of our actions and the motivation behind our service.

Dear men and women of God, let us fix our gaze on heaven and prioritize the state of our souls. Amidst all our ministerial activities, let us ask ourselves, "Is my name written in the book of life?"

While the achievements and supernatural manifestations are significant, they should never overshadow the importance of our personal relationship with God and the transformation of our character. Let us strive to live holy lives, love unconditionally, and ensure that our names are indeed recorded in heaven's eternal registry.

Remember, the ultimate cause for rejoicing lies not in our ministry accomplishments or the admiration of others, but rather in the assurance that our names are forever written in heaven—the greatest honor and reward we can ever receive.

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