“The devil led him up 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 splendour, for it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. So if you worship me, it will all be yours.”
When something attractive is offered to us for what seems to be very little cost or effort it can be difficult to refuse. The voices inside us can whisper that no one will know, or that there is no really valid reason to turn away or even that good could come out of it. It is not easy at such times to see and understand the benefits of the right choice. Often they only become evident afterwards.
Satan had twice referred to Jesus as the Son of God. He would have known what Jesus mission was. Now he appeared to offer everything to Him. Jesus however could see through the short-term gain and appeal to the actual consequences of giving in to evil – of effectively replacing God with Satan. It was unthinkable.
He would later teach that you cannot serve two masters. We have to choose and then live with our choice – not move from one to the other as the mood takes us. That has been the problem from ‘the beginning.’
Whom do I really follow?
Lord God, please open my eyes to the Way, the Truth and the Life – and help me to avoid the temptations of the road that leads to darkness. Amen.