When “Good Things” Become “God-Things”

Bible Text: Matthew 4:1-4, Deuteronomy 8:1-10, 1 Corinthians 3:5-9 | Preacher: Davis Lacey | Series: The Gospel of Matthew: The King and His Kingdom |

The Main Point of Deuteronomy 8:1-10: God uses temporary trials to bestow never-ending rewards upon His people. (Sadly, the record of the Old Testament – and, of our own lives – is that we shunt God’s grace time and time again. We want comfort/satisfaction here and now, on our terms – even if that means missing the eternal rewards that can only be found in Him).

Matthew 4:1-4:

Verses 1-2: Jesus stands in the place of God’s people – he went to where they had failed.
Verse 3: Jesus encountered the same temptation as we often face – to be ruled by an appetite for an otherwise good thing (i.e. bread), rather than to submit our desires for the Spirit’s examination.

This temptation came from “the devil,” not from God.
Just because we want something or feel that something is true about us, doesn’t automatically mean that our desire is from the Lord!

Verse 4: Jesus did what we don’t do – he faithfully submitted to the will of the Father.

The Gospel: Jesus stood in our place not to gain a greater reward (for he already had a full and rightful claim upon every spiritual blessing!), but in order to share the fullness of heaven’s blessing with undeserving sinners like us!

How then shall we live? Live for the greater reward! Somehow, some way, Heaven will be sweeter (for eternity!) through the trials we suffer on Christ’s behalf here-and-now. (See 1 Corinthians 3:5-9).

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