compromise OR NAH?
What if you have the opportunity to get ahead in life but you had to compromise your core beliefs? What if it would allow you to gain social status or wealth, would you take the opportunity? There may come a time in your life that you a presented with what seems to be the "chance of a lifetime"; although it is in direct violation of everything
that you stand for. That 'opportunity' may be cheating on your taxes, it may be taking a job that goes against your conscience or it could even be selling drugs to make more money in a day than some may in a year. Or perhaps when the moment comes it has nothing to even do with money. Whatever it may be will you take the chance?
Jesus was presented with the same situation...
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
1Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.”
Now this must have been very hard for Jesus because He knew is mission on earth was to be king and reign. That is the opportunity that Satan is presenting him with. An opportunity that is much easier than being nailed to a cross. But we see that Jesus refused to take an easy way. He refused to be hoodwinked by the devil. He knew what God had planned for his life.
Or take Joseph for example. When Potiphar's wife was trying to convince Joseph to sleep with her.
Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, 7 and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, “Come to bed with me!”
8 But he refused. “With me in charge,” he told her, “my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care. 9 No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?” 10 And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her.
For many people they would see this as an opportunity to possibly get ahead since she was a woman who held great power. Some may have allowed their lusts to persuade them. Joseph however was not controlled by his lusts nor social status but rather by the spirit of God.
He fled so fast that he left his robe behind. This is how we should be if any opportunity presents itself to us that isn't of God. We shouldn't ponder it and let our imaginations run wild with the idea of the potential possibilities for taking the opportunity.
Remember, if the devil offers you something it will only be something that he found in the trash can. Not everything is what it seems. While what God gives you is treasure.
The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Proverbs 10:22