Saying Yes to God
In this Sunday’s Gospel from Luke, we hear how Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he fasted and was famished. In this vulnerable state, he was tempted by the devil. He was tempted in the wilderness in ways similar to ours — hunger, power, popularity, and security, and he rejected them all in obedience to God. However, it is not just about temptations but also about the choices that Jesus made, in all instances to be faithful and in obedience to God. Saying “Yes” to the devil means “No” to God and God’s plans for him. The same applies to us today: When temptations come knocking on our door, do we say yes and thank you or discipline ourselves to make a choice that will serve and glorify God through obedience?
Prayerfully consider what distractions or obstacles you need to say “No” to in order to say “Yes” to God.
–The Rev. Fatima Yakubu-Madus