Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendour. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
Matthew 4: 8 – 9
You’ve heard of the saying ‘Every man has his price”. This alleges that anyone can be bought if you only keep offering more. That certainly seems to have been the Devil’s approach because he kept offering more and more to Jesus if only he would worship him instead of God the Father. He was effectively trying to bribe Jesus to make him God. That would have given the Devil what he had been wanting since he rebelled against God previously. Can you imagine Jesus doing that?
Yet every day we are all susceptible to bribing those around us. Offered to make anyone a cup of tea today? What was your motivation? Were your looking for something back or trying to make them more amenable to one of your suggestions? Was it to win brownie points that you could bank and cash in down the line?
Later on in the Bible, Paul wrote to a church saying people should examine themselves. In the lockdown when things are less hectic it might be a good idea to spend a bit of time looking in.
Prayer: Dear God I know I like to pretend my motivations are always whiter than the whitest snow but you know that is not true. You can see into my heart like no one else. Help me to see as you see. Help me to see why I do the things that I do and help me not to compromise my faith; even when it would be harder to keep it.
Action: Find 20 minutes at the end of the day and explore why you did some of the things you did today. What was your motivation and where was God?