More Jesus in the Wilderness (Luke 4:5-8)

Luke continues with what Jesus went through after He was baptized in the Jordan by John, then beckoned by Spirit into the wilderness for 40 days. The Word tells us He was tempted the entire time. There He was openly approached by Satan and offered things no ordinary person could refuse. The Word says:

“The devil led Him to a high place and showed Him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to Him, ‘I will give you all their authority and splendor, it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. If you worship me, it will all be yours.’ 

Jesus answered, ‘It is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.’ ” (Luke 4: 5-8)  

The devil arrogantly hoped to succeed in his rebellion against God by diverting Jesus from His mission and winning His worship. “This world is mine, not God’s,” he lied and, “if you hope to do anything worthwhile here, you’d better recognize that fact.” Jesus did not argue with Satan about who owns the world, but Jesus refused to validate Satan’s claim by worshiping him. Jesus knew He would redeem the world through giving up His life on the cross, not through making an alliance with a corrupt angel.

Through his lies, the devil had gained the world – he thought. He had lied to Eve, and then to Adam. The result was devastating for them and for mankind. He still lies to anyone and everyone who will listen. Do not listen to him! Remember Jesus’ life paralleled our own. There was purpose in everything he lived including these temptations. Though succumbing to them might have given Jesus fulfillment of temporary earthly desires, those actions would have destroyed his ultimate purpose and doomed us all. It isn’t that God doesn’t want us to have the gifts of this life. That He doesn’t want us to succeed. But, I think the message here is to weigh our temptations, against ourselves versus the good of the whole, as Christ did. It circles back to seeking The Kingdom first, to holding the conviction of the side you’ve chosen, Team Love, and asking “does this serve only me or the whole that I am part of?”

As Jesus told Satan, “It is written ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.’” We worship God by doing the best we can each day. We are not perfect and we do make mistakes but, as we try our best to ‘serve Him only,’ He is always with us. He knows our hearts and desires. If our desire is to worship Him and serve Him only, He will honor our heart and help us do that as we go. Just as His Spirit helped Jesus in his wilderness. Our path is “straight” then. Let it be so.

Lord, as always, we want to pray: We lift up Israel, Gaza, Ukraine, and Russia – let these wars stop. We pray for ALL in need of your help including our own country. Lord, only You know the solutions. We pray this be done, in Jesus’ name.🙏

We love you dearly. We pray for you daily. Let us live this journey one day at a time, and live it fully, as we carry on.🙏❤️

Poppa B.