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Worship God Alone

Frontline Devotion for June 21, 2018 (Season of 'Time After Pentecost')

Matthew 4:8-10

By: Edward Riggs

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Matthew 4:8-10

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. All this I will give you," he said, "if you will bow down and worship me." Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'"

Satan tempts Christ. He says, just think, all this is yours, if you but worship me! I need loyalty - I expect loyalty. If you bow down before me, then I will give you things. The implication of course, is that if you do not worship him, then he will take from you what is already yours.

The high mountains, the kingdoms and splendor of the world - those things belong to us already. We live here. We are part of God's creation. We are of this splendorous world already - we need not show Satan any special loyalty or allegiance to enjoy what has been given to us. Our commitment is to God, and God has already given us the glory of this world.

By worshiping God, we learn the significance, magnitude, and substance of our world. We learn to love one another. We know how good it is to be kind. We pray for justice and fairness. We learn the impact of honesty and sincerity. We understand forgiveness. We learn to trust those who are in fact honest and fair and sincere and loving and kind. Showing loyalty to and worshiping Satan does nothing to earn us those qualities. In fact, Satan can really do nothing to take them away. He will keep trying, but this world is ours already, and we live in the kingdom of God. Satan has no reign over us. Satan cannot tell us what to do. Satan cannot take what belongs to us.

Worship God. Love God and his people. Be loyal to God and his people. Serve God and his people. His people are part of the splendor of this world, and that can be seen from the highest mountaintops. It can be shouted from the mountaintops. Give Satan no audience. Show Satan no allegiance. Eventually he will see that he has lost, and he will go away. And we will be left with God and each other, celebrating this life and this world, and the world yet to come.

Lord, We ask that you help us on our journey. We ask you to help us resist temptation and allow us to serve and worship you. May your Spirit reach us through others, as we strive to live simply and meaningfully as we journey through this life and this splendorous world.
In the name of your Son Jesus, we pray. Amen