“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, ‘If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.'”Matthew 4:1-3 (NKJV)
Have you ever met someone who was genuinely themselves all the time? You knew what to expect from them, whether they were walking down the street, with their friends, at church, at work or school, they were the same person. It’s tempting in the modern-day lifestyles most of us live to want to be known. Now, we struggle with wanting to own the most property, desiring to have the most involved children, obsessing about being the perfect student and seeking to have the most followers.
Just as Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, we are tempted to perform for society’s approval. Jesus responded to Satan by saying “Away from me Satan! Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only! (Matt. 4:10).” Jesus refused to perform for anyone. Maybe you don’t struggle with performing on social media, but you’re depressed and unhappy. You won’t go to counseling because you fear what other people will think about you. Maybe you don’t buy the latest gadgets, but you act differently in front of your friends to avoid looking like a “Jesus Freak”. Going to counseling or staying connected with God, even in front of your friends, isn’t a sign of weakness, it is a sign of strength and courage because you have recognized that you need His strength to do so.
Application For The Day:
Let’s make it our goal each day to be unashamed of whom we are and let God transform us into who we’re meant to be.
Prayer For The Day:
Thank you, Lord, that You love me so unconditionally. Sometimes I want to wear a mask so that people don’t see the real me and what I struggle with. Help me to be vulnerable with You so that I may be truly known by You. I want to genuinely be the “me” You’ve ordained for me to be, no matter who is watching, in Jesus’ Name.