“The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God,
tell this stone to become bread.”
Temptations are very real – even when we don’t recognise them.
In the world in which we live identity is very important. So we are tempted to prove our specialness by the clothes and jewellery we wear, the cars we drive, the cell phones and iPads we have and the houses in which we live. Often people who feel that they are the ‘little grey faceless ones’ try and do something to gain recognition.
Jesus has just had His identity and relationship with the Father confirmed at His baptism – during which He had received the Holy Spirit who led Him out into the desert. There He was tempted and the first incident homed straight in on the question of His identity. The devil challenged Him to prove it by using His power to satisfy His own needs and to make Himself feel better.
The worldly child in us would very often wish to respond to this bullying attack in a way that would silence it. The secure child of God would know that they do not have to prove anything to anyone – their security is in the love and word of God. If He calls us His child then that is all that matters. We can live in that relationship with no need to show off. Eugene Petersen puts it this way in The Message,
“In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.” (Matthew 5:48)
Own and live your relationship with God – humbly and gently
Father, please help me to believe Your Word, receive the witness of Your Spirit and live in the humble faith that in Your eyes I am Your beloved child. Amen.