The Door of Temptation
We have all experienced it… Temptation!
We desire something that is a little out of our reach… and it looks good, really good! And so, we are faced with a choice to make.
In yesterday’s School Worship service some Stage Four students shared a story.
‘Matilda’ really wanted to win the race so she could have the shiny trophy for her very own. She was faced with a choice to make (or a ‘door’ to go through). To cheat or not to cheat! As the story unfolded, we saw what each choice looked like… and the consequences that went with them.
Here is how the group concluded their message. (Based on Matthew 4:1-11)
This story was about making choices.
Jesus had to make choices too. Many years ago, God the Father set a course out for him. It wasn’t a running race. It was a lot more serious than that. But he couldn’t cheat. Not even once. If he did, he would be disqualified, and he couldn’t save us from our sin. The devil wanted to get him to fail, so he tempted him to cheat… 3 times. It was tough, but as tempting as the offers were, Jesus said no. Jesus knew God’s Word, written in the bible, and reminded the devil of what was right and true… He didn’t cheat, and he won the biggest victory, over sin, and the devil! Because of what Jesus did, we are winners too!
We all have choices to make. In life, we all get tempted, in one way or another. It might look like cheating; it might look like something else.
The bible offers us some words of comfort in 1Corinthians 10:13
You are tempted in the same way all other human beings are. God is faithful. He will not let you be tempted any more than you can take. But when you are tempted, God will give you a way out. Then you will be able to deal with it. NIrV
It is important to remember that we always have a choice. Also remember that God is with us to help us to make right ones, to choose the right door, even when it’s tough.
God bless your week.
Georgie, and some pretty awesome students in Stage 4!