What Jesus Did! 'Only One to Worship' — Matthew 4:8-10

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Then the devil led Jesus to the top of a very high mountain. The devil showed Jesus all the kingdoms of the world, and all the great things that are in those kingdoms. The devil said, "If you will bow down and worship me, I will give you all these things." Jesus said to the devil, "Go away from me, Satan! It is written {in the Scriptures}, 'You must worship the Lord your God. Serve only him!'"
— Matthew 4:8-10 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 4:8-10 NLT — "If you will bow down and worship me, I will give you all these things."   ——   "Go away from me, Satan! It is written {in the Scriptures}, 'You must worship the Lord your God. Serve only him!'"

Key Thought

What's our breaking point? At what point would we quit honoring God and begin to choose Satan's path? Not a very comfortable question, is it? What if we knew someone had power over the world and would give it to us if we would just acknowledge him as king? What if we knew we would suffer and be offered as a sacrifice because we would not acknowledge him as king? Jesus is Lord. Not because he took Satan's phony bargain, but because he refused it. "Away from me!" Jesus ordered and Satan obeyed—as the next verse describes. But the cost of this victory meant a far more gruesome battle. But Jesus refused to compromise his devotion to the Father even at the cost of his own comfort, acceptance, and life. Jesus won these battles over Satan and repeatedly chose to walk the path of total devotion to God, at incredible cost, to redeem us!

Today's Prayer

O Lord my God, my heart is filled with admiration, wonder, thanks, and praise. Your plan to redeem me from my sins and adopt me into your family comes at such a high cost to you and Jesus. Thank you for saving me. Thank you for redeeming me from the debt of sin. Thank you for dying to prevent death's power controlling me. Thank you. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I thank you!

Related Scripture Readings

  • Exodus 20:1-2
  • Matthew 22:37-38
  • John 12:31-33

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.