Scripture Reference: Matthew 4:1-11
Many times on our journey we will very often become tempted to take matters into our own hands. In Matthew 4:1-11, Jesus was led into the wilderness by the Spirit. God gets our attention sometimes during the trials that we very easily blame on “the devil”. Here we can see that God is leading us to opportunities where we can choose the way we want to live. Jesus shows us we should live our lives dedicated to worship and being of service to God.
Jesus is tempted with one of the most basic needs of humanity which is food. Then he is also tempted with security, the opportunity to be held in high esteem by others, and to have power over all the nations of the world. There was one catch, he had to fall down and worship Satan.
As believers, we should understand the greatest testament of our witness is living our lives dedicated to worship. Worship cannot simply be the lifting of our hands on Sunday mornings. Worship is an act of humility and honor. Worship is a lifestyle, a manner of being. In the text Satan basically was trying to knock Jesus off his square. Jesus literally told Satan “to get out of here” in so many words, and adding “You must only worship God and serve God only.”
In this 21st century, it’s easy to get caught up in the cares of the world, what we should eat, what is going to take care of me, and how much power do I have. As we remember to worship God only, we come to realize that our needs are supplied as God gives us what we need and sometimes the things we want.
This text also shows us that if we continue in worship it is difficult to get distracted by the schemes and plots of the enemy. We should worship God and serve God only through all of our circumstances.
Rev. Vickie Gray
March 3rd, 2019