Have you ever felt like fighting sin is pointless? Every day, we’re faced with opportunities to return to what’s comfortable and familiar, to the way we lived before we knew Jesus.
Some days, it might feel like giving in to temptation is worth it. If you’ve ever felt this way, you’re not alone.
Jesus describes living in Pergamum as living in the shadow of Satan’s throne (Revelation 2:13). In Pergamum, cult activity was the norm and people worshipped the Roman Emporer as a god. To be a Christian in that society wasn’t just unpopular, it was downright dangerous. People were killed for their faith in Jesus.
We don’t live in Pergamum, but we still face the temptation to fit in and go along with the status quo. Sometimes, we’ll allow words to be spoken without correction or rebuke, not because they’re right but because it’s easier to let them go. This is often how we start losing sight of Jesus.
“Repent!” Jesus says in Revelation. The Message paraphrases Revelation 2:16 as, “Enough! Don’t give in to them; I’ll be with you soon!”
Resisting temptation can be costly. It could cost you business, a relationship, or even your reputation, but it will always be worth it in the long run.
Resisting temptation sets us apart from the world we live in, just as it will set us apart on the day we meet Jesus face-to-face. It’s not natural to resist temptation because the rest of the world indulges in it. But we have been given Jesus’ supernatural Spirit as our guide.
When we are tempted to sin, remember that the Holy Spirit, Jesus’ Spirit in us, gives us the power to say no to what the world offers and look toward the greater reward Jesus offers. The knowledge that Jesus has something greater in store for us in resistance can give us the strength to walk away. Jesus conquered death and with Him, we will conquer temptation.
- What temptations do you face daily? What is something you can do today to help yourself resist recurring temptation?
- Do you often think that giving in to temptation will be better than what Jesus has in store for you? Why or why not?
- Do you question Jesus’s ability to help you overcome temptation in your life? Why or why not?