Upon entering a church, I noticed that the children were picking up small bags and taking them to their seats. “What are those?” I asked.

“Those are activity bags with crayons, Bible picture books, and other activities to occupy the children during the service,” explained the pastor.

Imprinted on each child’s bag was “Worshiper in Training.”

Satan tempts Jesus by offering power over “all the kingdoms of the world,” saying, “It’s been entrusted to me and I can give it to anyone I want. . . . Worship me, it will all be yours” (CEB).

Satan connects worship with politics. Politicians dominate our news. The nation has become our source of security, our protector from the cradle to the grave, our only means of doing good, the functional equivalent of God.

Jesus responds, “It’s written, You will worship the Lord your God and serve only him” (CEB).

Both Satan and Jesus understand that the chief issue is not the politics of the left or the right. The question is, “Whom do you worship?” Our persistent, chief temptation is idolatry. God’s people belong to the God who delivered and loves them; but we’re still tempted to bow before other altars.

False gods come in many guises; detecting them requires honest self-examination and discernment. The story of Jesus’ temptation prompts us to ask, ”To whom do I give my allegiance? Where have I placed my hope? On what altar am I laying my life?”

So at church this first Sunday of Lent, as we attend to the reading and preaching of scripture, as we pray and praise and journey with Jesus toward his cross, this is our main business, the task of a lifetime—Worshiper in Training.

God, we call on you to save us from the temptation to worship anyone but you. Amen.

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Leccionario Semanal
February 28–March 6, 2022
Resumen de la Escritura

As we begin the season of Lent, the readings provide several images of how we might prepare our hearts. Deuteronomy focuses on gratitude with a recitation of the history of God’s faithfulness. The people are instructed to offer their gifts to God as a response to God’s generosity. The psalmist focuses on faithfulness. If we put our confidence in God, God will protect and sustain us. In Romans, Paul emphasizes faith. Our confession of faith from the mouth should come from the heart, and this heart confession saves us. The story of the temptation of Jesus admonishes us to know biblical truth. The devil tempts Jesus with half-truths—even scriptural quotes—but Jesus counters with correct understanding of God’s Word and God’s character.

Preguntas para la reflexión

Read Deuteronomy 26:1-11. We no longer offer physical sacrifices to God. How do you give the “first fruits” of your labor to God in thanksgiving?
Read Psalm 91:2, 9-16. Recall a time you have felt abandoned or insecure. How did God respond to your call?
Read Romans 10:8b-13. Paul learned to see those he once despised as his equals in Christ. Whom does God call you to learn to love?
Read Luke 4:1-13. How do you follow Jesus’ example to use scripture to resist temptation?

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