Have you ever taken a short cut to save time only to realize it’s a dead end?
Now you have taken longer than just staying the course!
What a waste of time.
The devil led Jesus up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him:
“I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. If you worship me, it will all be yours.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.” – Luke 4:5-8
Jesus was tempted by Satan here about taking a short cut. Satan said he had the authority of all the kingdoms and he could give it to Jesus in an instant. But this was a dead end and Jesus knew it.
The only way to receive the authority needed to live this life is in the duration and times set forth in the daily routine. Jesus was not about to circumnavigate the process of time that He set up for us all in the first place. Jesus waited for His time and didn’t rush it. Psalms 31:15 says that our times are in God’s hand. Our moments, our seasons, our durations are all in the strength of God’s capability to hold all things together!
Jesus was not even willing to take a short cut from pain and suffering. Instead He endured the cross and encourages us to pick up ours and keep walking. Jesus was raised and given the name above every name. Having received all authority, He says, “Go into all the world…”
We need authority to live this life well, so be careful of Short Cuts & Dead Ends!