Fear of Chaos – Need for Authority
The Worship Factor
Scripture: Matthew 4:10
Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'”
Webster defines “worship” with words like “devotion,” “adore,” “love,” and “admire!” You can readily see that people worship many things in their lives. Be a “People watcher” today… note what they adore and admire. Listen to them talk and you’ll find out what they give their devotion and love to! It is these things that are the objects of their worship.
The third temptation for Jesus was about this worship factor. The devil took Jesus to a high mountain and displayed all the kingdoms of the world. According to the devil, Jesus could have all of it, if Jesus would but bow down and worship him. Jesus didn’t hesitate a moment to remind the devil that God was the only one worthy of devotion, adoration, love and admiration. God, and God alone, deserves that place in all our lives! When we put other things in that place… chaos breaks out and we start chasing the wind – hoping to find some sense of order!
The devil is still in the “tempting business.” You will be presented with options, even today! The devil has only this worldly kingdom stuff to offer you… cheap substitutes for the eternal things of God. But he is a master at making these substitutes look real and tempting. Sometimes they are not evil in themselves but take our attention too far away from God. God wants us to enjoy the things of this world, but not to the point of worship. He demands and deserves that spot in our hearts! Seek Him first, and all these things will be added!
Father, I worship you, today! I’m devoted to your will; I adore your grace; I love your fatherly care and admire your eternal wisdom… Yes, I worship you! In Jesus’ Name, amen.