“Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! for it is written,

‘Worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’”

Matt 4:10

CHOOSING OUR PATH IN LIFE

After Jesus’ third and final test in the desert, he sends the evil one away. Declaring with a faithful certainty that he is choosing the path of life that walks with God. He finally and unequivocally renounces a life dependent on materialism, want and self-interest. His only desire is to serve humankind and live in the ways of God. A rejection of a way of life that would only serve him and leave Jesus constantly want more. A rejection of the shiny glimmering that a different life holds that only ends with unquenchable wants and goals that can never be achieved. In Jesus’ final day in wilderness he declares these words as a repudiation of temptation for us to model.

Points of Reflection

  • What are the material things in your life that complicate life?
  • What things could you eliminate that bind you?
  • This week, list acts of charity could you perform?

Blessings, until next time,
Bruce L. Hartman

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