Who Do You Want to Like You

8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written,

“ ‘You shall worship the Lord your God
and him only shall you serve.’ ”

11 Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Mt 4:7–11). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

It is man’s great struggle and one rich men have a hard time with. Fame, fortune, and the pernicious need to be liked can corrupt a man’s soul. Many grow weary from the fight. Many tire of the invective hurled at them. It is no easy thing to be a Christian. Persecution flows from accepting the Lord. This world is aligned against it.

Satan offered Christ all the world at that moment if Christ would just worship Satan. Christ, being fully man, could have done it as so many men do. But he refused. He did not succumb to the temptation to be loved by the world by loving the world in the way Satan wanted.

Patience is for the Christian. You can inherit the world if you want. You can do it now. But in the grand scheme of eternity, that inheritance will not last. Or, you can focus on loving God. The world may hate you because of it. You may not gain the fame and fortune you seek. But you gain eternity with the Creator while creation goes away.

Reflect Christ’s love in the world. Stand righteous for the faith, but be kind to those who do not know Christ. Go into the world with a smile and be of good cheer. Eternity draws closer. Be patient, even in turmoil. God is working and Christ lets you lean on him.