Satan took Jesus to the top of a mountain and “showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor.” He said to Jesus, “All this I will give you, if you will bow down and worship me.”
Jesus responded with Command #2:
Get out of here Satan. For the Scriptures say, You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.
(Matthew 4:8-10; Luke 4:5-8) (NLT)
The world is full of splendiferous things that tempt us to take a step off God’s path. Just watch TV or click around the Internet for a few minutes. We’re constantly bombarded with messages promoting a 100% self-centered and 0% God-centered approach to life. Pleasure. Riches. Beauty. Stuff. God is almost never mentioned and when he is it’s usually as a profanity.
Don’t buy what Satan’s selling. Or, as Bob Dylan once said, “You’re gonna have to serve somebody. It may be the devil or it may be the Lord. But you’re gonna have to serve somebody.”
Do what Jesus says: Worship and serve only God.
(Image credit: Shutterstock.com / Suzanne Tucker. Lyrics credit: Bob Dylan / © 1979 by Special Rider Music)