Ace preached from again Matthew 4:1-11,
1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by 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.’” 5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” 7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” 10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’” 11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.Matthew 4:1-11 (NIV)
There are three challenges in this passage that connect to our daily living: (1.) food, (2.) identity, (3.) service.
(1.) Food (v. 2-4) – because this something that everyone needs! Admittedly most of us in OneHeart have no particular shortage of food, but this is still a very important challenge for our world.
(2.) Identity (v. 5-7) – especially as OneHeart, we often experience internal conflict with our worldly identity and our identity as Christians.
(3.) Service (v. 8-11) – because all of us serve something; Jesus chose to serve God the Father instead.
Generally we are not always great at making the right decisions about these challenges and our prayers are usually what Ace refers to as “immature prayers” for easy solutions to these challenges. Jesus prays differently (Matthew 26:38-39).
38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” 39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”Matthew 26:38-39
Jesus is honest and expresses what he feels like he needs, but “yet not as I will, but as You will”. Ultimately we follow God’s calling as we journey through this temporary home in this world.