But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:4 ESV
Jesus was hungry, really hungry. He had been in the wilderness for 40 days and hadn’t eaten a thing the whole time.
That’s when the devil appeared. He suggested that Jesus change a stone into bread. He was only trying to help…right? He didn’t want Jesus going hungry. Or was that really what he had in mind? The Bible says that this was a temptation. Come on now. What could be so wrong with a little bread?
Actually, the devil wasn’t really concerned about Jesus’ well being. It was always the devil’s objective to tempt Jesus to settle for something less than God’s best. This was a perfect opportunity to distract Jesus from what was really important and at the same time make him feel like it was the right thing to do. I mean, after all, he hasn’t eaten in over a month and needed something to eat.
But Jesus saw what the devil was doing. Though He was hungry, He was not going to settle for less than God’s best. Jesus was one with the Father and He was not going to jeopardize this relationship.
The greatest need of every man and woman is an intimate relationship with God. But experiencing this kind of relationship is problematic because we are all born into a physical world with lots of physical needs and challenges. It’s so easy to conclude that our greatest needs are those physical needs.
What makes things worse is that we are also born separated from God because of our sin. This is a spiritual problem that can so easily be masked by our physical problems. We are tempted to think that if our physical problems are solved then our relationship with God would fall into place. You know, when you feel good, how could you possibly need anything else?
Some would have you to believe that when your physical, material, and emotional needs are all met, then you will be right with God. This kind of thinking is exactly what the devil seeks to capitalize on. But Jesus saw right through this strategy and resisted the temptation.
When Jesus said to His followers that He was going to “make them into fishers of men” He was referring to this GREATEST need of man. His desire for those of us who claim to be followers of Him is that we provide the kind of nourishment to others that will enable them to enter into this kind of intimate relationship with God. This life changing and nourishing food is found in God’s Word.
A “fisher of men” is seeking to connect others to God by sharing the Gospel. The Gospel is clearly articulated in the Scriptures. It’s so important that a “fisher of men” be well acquainted with this truth and equipped to share it.
So, what are you doing to sharpen your ability to feed the hungry? I’m talking about those who are hungry for God. A cheeseburger may satisfy a person temporarily but the Gospel will satisfy and change a person for eternity. Why not make a decision right now to share this good news with somebody today? Now, go do it.