On top of the world.
“Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory; and he said to Him, “All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, ‘Go, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.’ Then the devil left Him; and behold, angels came and began to minister to Him.” (Matthew 4:8-11)
Satan gave his best shot, he offered all he had to give, the glory of the kingdoms of this world. That didn’t impress Jesus who came from heaven. His example is to teach us God’s first commandment, and that Satan would have us break it. Worship and service rightfully belong to the Creator. We owe it all to Him.
To see the truth in this will change our manner of life. No longer are we careless about who and what we serve. The things of this world loose their allure. Who and what we can’t see captures our attention. Only our Creator could work this work in us. Only He is worthy of our worship.
How easily we would fall if we didn’t have Christ’s example. Satan doesn’t need to be obvious to us nor will he show us all that is in his hand. So many miss the chance to have it all in exchange for pauper’s wages. Serving things that do not last, but we call it maintenance. Lusting for more, satisfaction just out of reach. It wouldn’t take much for most of us to worship what we should not. Thank God for Jesus, we can see!
“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the Land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.” (Exodus 20:2) It wasn’t Egypt for me and it may not have been for you, but Jesus freed us from the bondage of sin. Sometimes we make choices we are not proud of, but we are no longer slaves…..we are free to change. Christ strengthens the one who turns to Him. (1 John 1:9) Praise be to His holy name!
The photo is for my brothers and sisters in Pakistan who love chocolate. I just planted it a few weeks ago and it is bearing fruit already. Good soil makes all the difference. (Matthew 13:23; Mark 4:20; Luke 8:15)