Saturday, June 13, 2015

Your Worth is Not Defined by Others (Part 2)

To see Part 1, Prove Your Worth By Doing Something, Click Here


Matthew 4:5-7
Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, "'He will command his angels concerning you,' and "'On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.'" Jesus said to him, "Again it is written, 'You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.'"

In these verses, we see Jesus face His second temptation- to prove worth by being popular and spectacular. "Show me how much the angels love You," tempts Satan. "Show me You are spectacular and that You really are God by surviving this fall!                                           

We face the same temptation, but tweaked to our imperfect, fallen minds. The enemy whispers to us, "Show me you are worthy by how many people love you and think you are talented, apt, and even spectacular!" And when we believe him, we begin living for the praises of men.

How does Jesus answer Satan?  "You shall not put the Lord your God to the test." Jesus isn't simply saying, "I can't jump from this building because I am not supposed to test the Lord's power and promises," as we often understand this verse. Jesus is quoting Deuteronomy 6:16. Go back and read this verse in context. Before this verse, Moses talks about loving God above all and not worshiping idols. So, what Jesus is telling Satan, by quoting this verse, is that He refuses to steal away the glory of redemption at the cross by making Himself look spectacular according to the world's standards. He refuses to test God's plans for salvation by making Himself popular.  

If we live our lives to please men, we are in for a life of disappointment! Man's opinion is fleeting, changing and uncontrollable. For most believers, I think it is easier for us to accept that we won't be popular with the world, but it is more difficult to not live to impress our fellow believers. We long for love and acceptance among our fellow believers, which is a good thing, but we make it ultimate and then it becomes idolatry. If another believer judges us, we're destroyed. I struggle with this daily. I easily forget that my fellow believers are also imperfect and their opinion really doesn't matter. They are sinful and susceptible to looking at me through the world's lens instead of Christ's. I do it to others myself! Therefore, I am in no place to resent them for that either.

God loves you, accepts you, and values you. That is all that matters. And His opinion is unchanging because it's sealed by Christ's work on the cross. His approval matters. Living for the approval of others is idolatry.

Worthy Alone In Christ,
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4 comments:

  1. April, I found you on Spiritual Sundays. I appreciate how you applied Jesus' temptation to the temptation we have to perform for acceptance and affirmation. Who hasn't felt that. Thank you for your insights.

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    1. Thank you for your encouragement, Debbie!

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  2. April, thanks so much for linking up this post at Thought-Provoking Thursday last week. (I am playing a litttle catch up today!). You've encouraged me to take a look within and see where idolatry may be taking root. Thanks for the nudge.
    Blessings,
    Lyli

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