“Jesus said to him, Away from me, Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.” Matthew 4:10
Satan now takes Jesus up to a high mountain and presents to Him all the kingdoms of the world. He offers Jesus all these kingdoms in exchange for just one thing: Jesus must boy down and worship him.
Jesus had come to the world to save the entire world. What better way could there be to get the entire world than to be handed it? This may sound good, but this is not the way God the Father had planned to gain the kingdoms of the world. If Jesus would have bowed down to Satan, His integrity and words would have been destroyed.
An interesting note in this is that Satan really does not own those kingdoms. Satan may have control over them because those kingdoms are following him, but it is really God who owns everything. God has the true control of everything.
In this third temptation, Jesus answers in a way to get rid of Satan completely. He quotes Deuteronomy 6:3 that everyone is to worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.
Many times the world will present to you a gift that looks or sounds very good. The problem is that the only way in order to receive that gift you must “worship” something.
A job may be offered to you with extremely great benefits, but will cost you time away from family and church. The car dealership offers you “easy” payments on a new car, but it will cost you paying your tithe and gifts to God. These things are what you would end up worshipping since it takes you away from what God wants.
You are to worship and serve God alone. If you serve God with a whole heart, you will serve others correctly. Do not worship any thing other than God.
Just like Jesus you must tell Satan to get away. Do not try to argue or debate Satan or the world, just tell them to go if they are not having you work in God’s plan. God has a plan for you…follow it, not the world’s plan to set you up. Worship and serve only God in everything you say and do. Tell Satan to go away and run the other direction.
I pray today that God will strengthen you to say no to all temptations; that you will worship God alone; that you will serve God with all your life; that God will open your eyes to temptations presented to you; and that God will fill you with His Holy Spirit to strengthen and guide your every step.