I Just Need a Little More
It seems like the news is always reporting some story on corporate greed. Whether it involves insider trading on Wall Street, or CEO’s embezzling millions from their companies we are surrounded by tales of people who’ve become intoxicated with the love of more “stuff.”
We often talk about how materialistic and “worldly” our society is becoming, and rightly so. But did you know that materialism was just as big of a temptation for Jesus as it is for us today? In fact this is one of the 3 key areas that Satan tempted Jesus with during His period of fasting.
“Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory; and he said to Him, “All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go, Satan! For it is written, ‘YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD, AND SERVE HIM ONLY.’ ” (Matthew 4:8–10)
Do you think it’s possible that you might be facing that exact temptation right now? Despite our country’s unemployment rate and national debt, we are still LOADED with a well of opportunity and resources for material gain. Perhaps you’re intrigued by the added bonus that working lots of overtime will give you. Perhaps you can gain a big promotion by sacrificing time spent with your biological family and your church family. Perhaps you have the opportunity to spend all your time traveling around the globe and experiencing things most people will never see, while neglecting your responsibility as a Christian.
Are you confident that you haven’t taken Satan’s bait? In this conversation, Jesus understood that benefiting from all the world has to offer meant that He would have to worship and serve Satan himself. We don’t have to wear red cloaks and chant mantras to be a follower of Satan. All we have to do is focus our life on earthly gain and we’re under his lordship in our life.
Jesus Himself said:
“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” (Matthew 6:24)
We don’t have to be a millionaire to fall prey to this temptation. Jesus plainly presents a teaching that does not mesh well with our culture as a whole. Sadly many people will keep themselves out of heaven because they just wanted “a little more.”