Aren’t each of these things in and of themselves good things? Of course they are. Jesus could easily have done each of them on His own, without satan’s temptation or intervention. So, why didn’t Jesus just do it? Why didn’t Jesus just feed everyone, demonstrate without any question to any His divinity, become the undisputed King of kings during His earthly life?
It was not God’s plan for His Son. God’s plan was to offer the life of His son on the cross and His resurrection so that all mankind had a path to salvation. (John 3:16)
And so it is with each of us. We all are called upon to have a personal relationship with God and His Son, Christ Jesus. Created in His image, we are each unique. When we are reborn we are filled with the Holy Spirit, bear the fruit of the Spirit and given Spiritual gifts. Each of us is called upon to serve God in a unique way. This is what having a personal relationship with God and Jesus is all about, our uniqueness and how we can uniquely serve to the glory of Jesus and thereby glorify God.
This is at once a truly awesome gift and a tremendous responsibility, this personal, one-on-one relationship with the God and the Father. May we each be up to the task.
Alive in The Word