The Bible tells the fascinating story of how the devil engaged Jesus Christ in a contest of wills. Face to face with the Lord, who had fasted for 40 days and 40 nights in the wilderness, the devil challenged him to convert the very stones into bread. Jesus refused to do so, choosing instead to teach Satan about God.
The devil then took him high above the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple. He challenged Jesus to throw himself down to test his power. Again, the tempter received another scolding about the mightiness of God.
For his biggest pitch, the devil took Jesus up to a very high mountain and pointed out all of the world’s riches (fancy villas, private jets, beautiful women, glittering yatchs, I imagine).
Every bit of it Jesus could own, Satan offered, if he would simply bow down and worship him.
“Get behind me, Satan!” the Lord responded. “For it is written, ‘Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.’”
Defeated, the devil departed, and the triumphant Lord was lifted off in glory by the angels.
The experience of the average Christian is often different from that of Jesus. Still, we are expected to be Christ-like, meaning to treasure our relationship with God more than we nurture our relationship with materialism: “Him only shalt thou serve.”