The Call To Overcome (Part 4)
The Perp's Old Products
Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry. And the devil said to Him, 'If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.'
Luke 4:1-3 (NKJV)
Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, '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 4:5-7 (NKJV)
Then he brought Him to Jerusalem, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, '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,' and, 'In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.' '
Luke 4:9-11 (NKJV)
The perp may have a new net, but he's selling old products: fillers, fluff and fame. Even so, media moves us to want them. It's a no-hold's-barred advertising campaign. Sadly, most of us are willing victims. We line up to deaden our senses, our sensibilities and our values with his.
We cover our ears with his speakers. We glue our eyes to his screens. If 'Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God' (Romans 10:17), we're growing deaf and dumb. If 'The lamp of the body is the eye' (Matthew 6:22), we're growing dark and blind.
Consider the perp's products:
1) Fillers: food, alcohol and intoxicants. They make us feel 'good' for a minute. But a little while later, we're riding on empty. So we fill up again. Pretty soon, we're living at the filling station. But what kind of life is that?
2) Fluff: bling, the stuff that money can buy. It makes us feel 'good' for a minute. But a little while later, the thrill is gone. So we get more stuff. Pretty soon, we're living in a crowded junkyard. But what kind of life is that?
3a) Fame in the world: significance and applause. Man's approval makes us feel 'good' for a minute. But fans are fickle. If they left Jesus, they'll leave us. Pretty soon, we're reduced to worthless idols. But what kind of life is that?
3b) Fame in the church: celebrity. Christian approval makes us feel 'good' for a minute. But steeples of success can be dangerous, because arrogance is blinding. Pretty soon, proud leaders fall flat. But shouldn't we just avoid the height?
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Don't buy into the perp's products, and remember: 1) The only true Filler is God; 2) Fluff blows away; 3a) Fame belongs to Jesus; 3b) Pinnacles belong to God.
'Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good' (Romans 12:21).
To Be Continued...
Additional Reading: Temptations and Temptation Breakers (previous AMTC Devotion series): http://www.amtcdevotions.com/temptation-1-stuff
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Call To Overcome series.