Luke 10: Better Is One Day
In Luke 10, Jesus appoints other disciples to go out and spread the gospel, and they get really excited because they can command demons to go in the name of Jesus. Jesus has a slight correction for them.
Luk 10:18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
Luk 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Luk 10:20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.
Jesus did not discount that power. However, it is more important for these people to have an eternity with God than it is for these people to cast out demons on earth.
I have often times thought about this kind of idea. An eternity with God is the ultimate good outcome. After all, think about being in a place forever with no pain, no suffering and the very presence of God surrounding you at all times. Since that would be the best, this passage makes a lot of sense. It is not a bad thing to be able to throw out demons, and Jesus affirms that He gave this power to these people. All good things come from God, so casting out demons would be a good thing by definition. However, the better reason for rejoicing is that they will be living with God forever.
It really makes me think about how great it must be to live in the presence of God. If that is the main reason for Christians to rejoice instead of being able to do awesome things like casting out demons, then living in the presence of God must be something incredibly special. It must be something that is beyond compare. I know we do not want to rush our lives here on earth, but it does make you kind of excited to see what it will be like to be in a perfect environment