Live For You
1Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the Devil. 2 After He had fasted 40 days and 40 nights, He was hungry. 3 Then the tempter approached Him and said, “If You are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
4 But He answered, “It is written: Man must not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
Mathew 4:1-4 HCSV
In a society of so many choices of entertainment, one could literally live from one thrill to the next. The culture counts down to the street date of releasing records and movies. Untold thousands line up days ahead to purchase fancy late technologies. Countless hours are spent conquering pixels on gaming consoles. Contact with our families is stifled by the addiction to the world of social networking. It is in this time, and in this culture that we find such a vacuum for meaning. Depression, suicide and violence are escalating around us. Is it any surprise? We know and feel this link down in our boots. I for one feel the shrinking effect these can have on my heart. I feel it in the church pew, I see it in the pastor’s face, I see it in the mirror. And I am convicted as I write. Jesus said “I came that you might have life and have it abundantly”. How did we get lost in the marketing ploys of the major motion picture industries? How did we loose our family time to websites? Why? Not because any of the above are necessarily inherently evil but because our hearts priorities are in the wrong places. We have become so busy that we have lost the time for the Word of God in our families, in our hearts, sadly in some of our churches. The evangelical culture becomes increasingly lax towards outright evil as the culture swings away from the study of the Bible. How does one live for God. Satan tempted Jesus with the very question of needs. To which Jesus responded “Man shall not live by bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God”. Cast your vote on which master you will serve with your time, with your talents, and with your treasure. As Luke 12:34 says: “For where your treasure is there will your heart be also”. Jesus invites us to the most unbelievable ride imaginable. A life where every morning the God of the universe whispers to us wonder and beauty and mystery and meaning. Don’t miss the Christian life to empty diversions, make a decision to devote time with God and His Word today.
To hear the song, “Live For You”, from Downhere visit this site.
This is part of a devotional series by the guys from Downhere. Each entry is based on one of the songs from their upcoming album, ending is beginning. The album is in stores September 23, 2008, but you can get a free download of the new song “My Last Amen” today.
About the Author
Jason is a member of the band Downhere.