Hiss or His?
True power comes not from ourselves but from God.
(Read Luke 4:1-13)
Are you interested in having power? You don't have to have delusions of grandeur or dreams of being elected President to answer that question with a "Yes." Most of us want the ability to exert an influence over life, to make things happen rather than simply have things happen to us. Isn't that right? At the noblest level, we'd like to make a mark for good on our world. At the practical level, we want to be able to shield ourselves and our loved ones from harm or to gain the benefits of having power. The significant question is: "What route are we willing to take in order to get power?" Will it be hiss or his?
Satan once invited Jesus himself to walk hiss way. The Scriptures say that "The devil led [Jesus] up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And [the devil] said to [Jesus]: 'I will give you all their authority and splendor, for it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. So if you worship me, it will all be yours'" (Luke 4:5-7).
It's crucial to note that the Devil was telling the truth for a change. This was not one of his lies. Satan actually has the ability to confer upon Jesus—or you and me for that matter—a certain kind of influence over the world. To get what he offers merely requires taking a few simple steps. I invite you to think about them with me, one at a time, so you recognize the hiss of the Tempter when it meets you in the wild of daily life.
Steps to worldly power
The first step in the popular route to power is captured beautifully in the first words Satan speaks to Jesus. "I will give you … splendor," says Satan (Luke 4:6). Embedded in these ...
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Dan Meyer is pastor of Christ Church of Oak Brook in Oak Brook, Illinois.