Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory;
and he said to Him, "All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me."
Then Jesus said to him, "Go, Satan! For it is written, 'YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD, AND SERVE HIM ONLY.'" Matthew 4:8-10
This interaction between Jesus and Satan takes place toward the latter stages of four different temptations that Jesus was sent out by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness to experience.
The fascinating thing about this brief encounter is that Jesus did not argue the “ownership” issue with Satan. He clearly knew “all the kingdoms of the world” were Satan’s to keep or to give away as he chose.
So why are we, as Christians, so comfortable in this world which is clearly the lair of the enemy? We have compromised over and over again until we fit pretty naturally now in ‘the kingdoms of this world”.
We are strangers in a foreign land but we look pretty much like its citizens.
This world is not our home. Higher than we can ask or even imagine is the place that Jesus has prepared for us and has ready and waiting of us.
We are called to be a unique people. Unique people tend to get noticed for their uniqueness don’t they?
How are we going to bring others along with us to meet our Father and to see our future home if we are nothing more or nothing different that all of other ordinary citizens of this world?
God has invited you to the greatest adventure ever considered! We have been appointed as His ambassadors charged with the opportunity of reconciling people to our God! An ambassador does not entangle himself in the customs and the political issues of the country he is in because his loyalty lies with his home country.
Pick up the mantle and kill the oxen! Your opportunity awaits!