You shall not tempt the Lord your God.
In his last and most subtle temptation, Satan brought Jesus to Jerusalem. He set Him on the temple's highest point- testing faith's definition and limits.
Earth's top dare-devil challenged earth's top Man: 'If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here. For it is written: He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you...' (Luke 4:9-10).
Common talk: 'Hey, Jesus, take a leap off this steeple. Your Daddy said His angels will catch you. You're Mr. Faith, so why don't you prove it?'
But our wise Captain didn't take the dare. Again, He rebuked Satan with Scripture.
What are some lessons God might be teaching?
1) Dares and dumb moves are double-dose stupid. Our Father doesn't bless stupidity.
2) Exalted pastors must lower themselves. To whom much is given, much is required.
3) Big moves to honor God are praiseworthy. Big moves to honor ourselves are worthless.
NOTE: I'm troubled by celebrity pastors whose lofty lifestyles promote them, not Him. Outsiders question their extravagance, which doesn't reflect Christ's simplicity.
Outsiders also question their scandals, which doesn't befit Christ's ambassadors.
Bottom line: When we're tempted to glorify ourselves by dumb risks God surely didn't order, the Boss is tempted to let us fall hard: a painful lesson we're wise to avoid.
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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 Temptation #3 series.