This evening we finished our series, "The Battle Within," with our high school students. During the final message we looked at the last temptation Jesus faced: to worship the Enemy as a shortcut to receiving the kingdoms of the world that Jesus would ultimately have to die for. So often we're willing to trade what's immediate for what's important. Jesus could have given in, and the immediate was probably quite enticing for Him… otherwise it wouldn't have been a temptation! But Jesus wasn't willing to sacrifice what was important (His relationship with His heavenly Father) for what was quick and easy. He decided that it was more important for Him to maintain that relationship than it was to get all the Kingdoms of the earth. In the end, Jesus got both. How often do we choose what's immediate over what's important? In the process of choosing the kingdoms of the world over a relationship with our heavenly Father, we end up receiving neither one. Can God be trusted? Are you willing to go after the important at the sacrifice of the immediate?
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Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.