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My name is Meredith, and I am the mother of two awesome boys; the wife of a fantastic husband; the band director for 100 students in grades 5 - 12 in a small community in Maine; and a follower of Christ. This blog is a place for me to reflect on what the Lord is teaching me.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Blogging through the Gospels: Matthew 4

Blogging Through the Gospels with Amy from Mom's Toolbox


Reading:  Matthew 4

Scripture: Matthew 4: 8 - 10


8  Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor.
9 "All this I will give you, he said, "if you will bow down and worship me."
10 Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan!  For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.' "



Observation:

It's pretty clear.  We must serve God only. The world is filled with things, teachings and gadgets that are in a prime position to distract us from our true purpose.

Application:

In the scripture, it is a blatant call for Jesus to abandon God and worship Satan instead.  But what I felt in my heart as I read that verse (over and over) was that it is usually NOT the enemy in full form.  It is usually distraction, materialism, envy, pride...   All forms of idolatry.  The minute that we begin to fixate on something, we are susceptible to complete worship of it.   It doesn't feel like we are abandoning God.

I don't set out on my day to make a chocolate donut more important than my Savior, but at 10:30 in the morning, when I am not hungry, but it's there....  Every second, every decision is a choice that I have to make about whether I am going to serve my Jesus, my God, or my SELF.  


Serve God, and serve HIM ONLY.


Prayer:
Oh Lord, help me.  I am so desperate.  I DO NOT want to try in my own strength any more. Help me to live, moment by moment; decision by decision; completely devoted and abandoned to you.  Open my eyes that I may see the ETERNITY in every option.   Help me to feel your presence at all times.

Amen.

2 comments:

Ashley Pichea said...

"I don't set out on my day to make a chocolate donut more important than my Savior..."

This is SO true. When we are not intentional about making God the first priority in our lives, the other, less important things become our realized priorities in action.

Beth Zimmerman said...

Amen, girlie! The world offers many enticements to choose it over our God and God always wants us to choose Him! And then ... all these things will be added to us! :) I'm just certain that there will be no calories in Heaven and chocolate donuts will abound! :)

Where are you in Maine? I was born in Bangor and grew up mostly in the Augusta area. Also spent a little time in Saco and Cape Elizabeth. I really want to go back to visit sometime. It's been too long!

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