“On the Pinnacle”
There may be no more dangerous place to be than on the pinnacle, than on a high place, than at the peak—the view from there can get mighty skewed.
We might get impressed with ourselves for having gotten ourselves there.
Or we might have sold our souls to the devil to get there.
Jesus knew that it was the devil that got him there this time. Jesus also knew that there was another way for him to get to another pinnacle and it was a much harder way but it was the right way because it was God’s way and so it was a much better pinnacle.
And so when he looked around and saw the entire world beneath him—and the devil beside him—he was not impressed.
God, if we are to have success, if we are to find ourselves on the pinnacle, let it be because we have lived life the way you called Jesus to live his; let it be because, overwhelmed by your love and driven by your grace, we gave and gave and gave ourselves away until we had no more to give.
Don’t let it be because we let ourselves see things from the devil’s perspective.
“Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple…” (Matthew 4:5).