You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.
Satan to Jesus: 'All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours' (Luke 4:6-7). Christ rebukes Satan with the Word of God.
Was this seemingly simple Carpenter tempted by influence, power and fame? (Funny thing: He got it all anyway.)
We don't know what Jesus felt at the time, but we do know the devil tempted Him when He was weak. (Just like he'll do to us). How would we respond?
Actors, models and talent for Christ: What if you get a life-changing offer? A breakout role that would lead you to fame? What if you pray and get a bad feeling? But you've been waiting and it's not easy. You're tired and tempted. How do you fight it?
You must fight exactly like your Captain. You must train yourselves to follow His lead. You must rehearse earth's most critical Script!
Although He'd waited three decades to rise, reveal and finish His Father's Orders, Jesus respected God's perfect timing.
Success was promised and bound to happen. To accept Satan's help would have bound them together and polluted everything.
So when you're tempted, ask God's help and speak His mighty Words like Jesus or David, 'To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever' (Psalm 30:12).
'Your Name, O Lord, endures forever. Your fame, O Lord, throughout all generations' (Psalm 135:13).
Apart from God, fame becomes distorted.
Apart from God, glory isn't glory; it's a soap bubble waiting to be popped.
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NOTE: This is a 2021 update of a 2011 Carey Lewis Devotion. You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players. Mostly true. But you're not merely players. You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Three Common Temptations series.