4 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be temptedby the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
In a society of so many choices of entertainment, one could literally live from one thrill to the next. The culture counts down to the date of releasing records and movies. Untold thousands of people line up days ahead of time to purchase the newest fancy technology. Countless hours are spent conquering pixels on gaming consoles. Contact with our families is stifled by the addiction to the world of social networking.
It is in this time, and in this culture that we find such a vacuum for meaning. Depression, suicide, and violence are escalating around us. Is this really any surprise? We know and feel this within our very souls. We feel the shrinking effect this can have on our hearts. We can see it in the mirror. We can see it in the faces of the people we interact with. We even see it in church on Sunday mornings.
Jesus told us that “I came that you might have life and have it abundantly.” How did we get lost in the marketing ploys of the major motion picture industries? How did we lose our family time to websites? Why? It is not because any of these things are inherently evil, but because our hearts and priorities are in the wrong places. We have become so busy that we have lost the time for the Word of God in our families, in our hearts, and sadly even in some of our churches.
Our culture has become increasingly lax towards the outright evil surrounding us as the culture swings away from the study of the Bible. God has given us a book that comes directly from His spoken Word. It is a guide-book for us to use as a model for us to live our lives. It is the most important book ever written. If this is true why do we not read it regularly? Why do we get caught up in books like Fifty Shades of Grey that we can’t put down, but the only book that really matters, the only book that can truly transform our lives, we hardly ever crack? It really makes no sense.
So how does one live for God? A good start is to read your Bible each day. Carve out just 15 minutes of your day. Do it at the same time each day and make it a habit. You don’t have to read a lot. Read one chapter each day. It will take about 5 minutes a day to do this. Then think about what you just read and how you can apply it to how you live your life. This will take another 5 minutes. Then spend the last 5 minutes praying to God. Talk to Him like a friend. Ask Him to help you apply what you just read and learned that day into your life. If you ask that, I guarantee He will help you. Commit to doing this for the next week and just see if it does not make a huge difference in how your day goes.
Satan tempted Jesus with the very question of needs. To this Jesus responded, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but on every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”
It is time for you to cast your vote on which master you will with your time, with your talents, and with your treasure. In Luke 12:34 it says, “For where your treasure is there will your heart be also.” If we make our treasure the things of this world, we may have short-term enjoyment, but it is the type of enjoyment that will never last. We all will die eventually and when we do, our enjoyment for worldly things will die with it. If we instead put our treasure in the things God teaches us in the Bible, we can experience enjoyment while here on earth, but this enjoyment will not die with our bodies. It will go on forever and only get better with time. It sounds like a lot better deal to me.
Jesus is inviting us to the most unbelievable ride imaginable. A life where every morning the God of the universe whispers to us wonder,beauty, mystery, and meaning. Don’t miss the Christian life to the life of empty diversions. Make a decision to devote time with God and His Word today. It really will change everything!