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CLICK. Not. Nope. No. Because this time, by God’s grace alone, I recognized the bait and saw the hook. And I remembered that Satan’s bait comes in all forms, shapes, sizes, words, and every temptation imaginable. So appealing. So enticing. So luring. That’s how Satan does it. Makes it look so very yummy and delicious. Like $50 per hour writing. Now, don’t get me wrong. There’s nothing whatsoever wrong with making a good salary – IF. That’s right, IF. If it’s the Lord’s will to do whatever work is entailed.
And in my case, the Lord has made it abundantly clear that I am doing exactly what He has called me to do – directing a ministry whose mission is to share the Gospel while ministering the Lord’s love to a world in need. So if you’re anything like I was not so very long ago, you might be thinking this. Why not do a little work on the side? Ah, but I saw the bait. And the last time I took that bait, the yummy, delicious bait was quickly followed by Satan’s big, ugly, awful, disgusting HOOK. And Satan’s hooks are destructive, damaging, depressing, despicable, and ultimately, deadly. Ugh.
Speaking of bait, the last time I tried to do some work on the side, do you know what God told me? He told me I was prostituting myself. I was selling my soul for a bunch of money and a few nice pats on the back from the person who hired me. And, in the meantime, I was totally distracted from the work that I was supposed to be doing. His work. For His glory. Now please don’t misunderstand. It all looked good on the outside. I was doing some writing and editing for a local businessman. Nothing wrong with that, right? Well, yes, actually there was. The trouble was that it wasn’t God’s will. Thankfully, I repented, received God’s forgiveness, told the person who hired me the truth and asked his forgiveness, and decided to give my all in all to my current employer. God. Whew. Freedom. Maybe not a big amount of money, but so peaceful knowing I’m in the Lord’s will.
Watch out for Satan’s bait. It almost always looks wonderful. And it often tastes delicious. It can be remarkably pleasurable. It can bring pats on the back from others. It can come in the guise of “great success” – by the world’s standards. It can feel good. Look good. But Satan’s bait has a purpose. His job is to kill, steal, and destroy (John 10:10). And he uses his bait to lure people in to do just that.
This time, I made a wise decision. I turned away from the temptation and turned back to my ministry work. I didn’t even CLICK on the link. I decided I’ll stick with the abundant life I have through my faith in Jesus Christ and my commitment to follow Him. Nothing can compare to loving and living for the Lord!
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” John 10:10 NASB
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of lifec—is not from the Father but is from the world. 17And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.” 1 John 2:15-17 ESV