James 1:13-14, “When tempted, no one should say, God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed.” (NIV)
Has there ever been a time in your lie when you have been tempted? Of course, there has been! Not a single one o us can say that we have never been tempted. Why? Because we are human and we are all sinners.
Did you read my opening Scripture? “each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed.” God is not tempting you! Our selfishness tempts us. Let’s look at temptation in another way.
This past week as I was traveling home from work, I hear this on the radio, “Maybe you should be questioning your active faith as a Christian if you aren’t being tempted or attacked.” The speaker meant this as if Stan were seeking out God’s MVP’s to attack because they are active in following God.
I look back on my life and, up until now, I was wishing for the calm and peaceful days. Those days that life felt easier and we were just happy being who we were and with what we do. You know those days. I am certain you’ve had them or maybe you are having them now, but when I look at those days for my own life, those days were some of my driest, loneliest days.
Let me clarify. I wasn’t being attacked or tempted because I wasn’t an MVP. I was a Christian following God and going to church, but I wasn’t being so active in my faith. I was dry spiritually because I didn’t have daily conversation with the One whom I followed. I was lonely because I stepped away from being actin in sharing the love that God has shared with me.
I’m not saying that the only reason we are feeling tempted to the less good is because we are being active Christians. What I am saying is this: We need to take a look at our lives as an MVP for Christ. Take some inventory and determine if we are still in the will of God for our lives. This looks different for every child of God. My life as Christian will not look like any of your lives as Christian and vice versa.
I know that temptation is hard to work through. I know that being attacked totally sucks. Maybe sucks is not a strong enough word for it. But, as I look back and even as I walk right now, it’s during those hardest times that I have grown the most in my commitment to Christ. My relations with God deepens because my only choice as Christ-follower is to lean into Him during every moment, every attack, every temptation.
So, let me ask you, are you one of God’s MVP’s? When is the last time you were tempted, or felt attacked by the devil? What was your response? Where you are weak you will be tempted most.
Lord, open our eyes and heart to really see where and why we are in the midst of temptation. We desire to be you MVP’s, but we need to be drawn to you first and let you lead. Be our Guide. Amen.