3/22 Temptation: The Path of Pride
Other times, the temptation is to make a name for ourselves, instead of making His name great. Check out today's episode to help keep you on track.
REFLECTION VERSE: May [God] equip you with all you need for doing His will. May He produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to Him. All glory to Him forever and ever! Amen. Heb 13:20 (NLT)
If the temptation of Jesus was to avoid the cross, then the temptation that was presented to John was to hold on to the power. To keep the glory for himself that he had been born to give away. It's a very real temptation, you know. It's not always easy to do what God wants us to do. We may talk about it. We may say we want to do his will, but when we are presented with circumstances in our live where it looks like we're gonna be on the losing end of it, it's really hard to stay the course.
One of the things I love about John and the example he gives as it relates to temptation, was his ability to stay in his lane. I'll say that again: to stay in his lane and not deviate off course and jump into another lane. He knew the lane that God had called him into and he resolutely committed himself to it.
People tried to appeal to his ego. People tried to question Jesus. He even had questions about Jesus, but none of those things moved him out of the lane that he had committed himself to because he knew God had called him to it.
May those of us who are experiencing some temptation to pull off course be given the strength of God to stay in our lane. Let's not be afraid of being on the losing end—we never lose when we do it God's way. Even John would ultimately win. It was an ultimate win, even though it was a hard way to get there.
May the Lord give us grace also to stay in the lane. If we're being tempted to move out of it, stay in the lane! Let's do what God's called us to do, to the best of our abilities. That's our prayer today. In Jesus name.