High salary temptation
Two days back, I received a call from a headhunter agency. They saw my profile and were interested in hiring me for a one year project to do more or less the same job I did in my previous line of work, before I went to Bible school.
This kind of offer couldn’t have come at a “better” time. I was tired and there were expenses to think about for the upcoming project God had in store for me, so I was inclined to say “yes”. I would’ve earned three times what I earned in my job now as a salesperson – roughly $ 12,000 a month.
I called my pastor and he told me this could be a blessing from God or the temptation from the devil. It was crucial for me to find out, where this offer was coming from. Either it could’ve been a way God wanted me to provide for the mission or the devil was trying to distract me to go out immediately to minister to the saints and pastors in Europe. What was it?
But on my way home, I remembered the call and the urgency and knew I had to decline. Then the song I heard in my headset was “Never going back” and fitted what I knew and felt was the right thing to do.
Odd thing: I received the email from the headhunter with a PDF attached containing the job description. That PDF had the number “666” in it.
In fact, the Bible reminded me that Jesus was tempted in a similar way to prevent Him from entering His mission here on earth:
Mat 4:8-9 (NASB)
8 Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory;
9 and he said to Him, “All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me.”
With this warning God has also given me a promise that was equally powerful:
Mat 19:29 (NASB)
“And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or farms for My name’s sake, will receive many times as much, and will inherit eternal life.
Jesus speaks here of these men who like Peter have dropped everything immediately to follow Him (v.27). And it’s incredible with what impulsiveness this all happened (Mat. 4:20, Mar. 1:18, Luk. 5:11).
After that step of faith, Jesus assures His followers:
Mat 6:33-34 (NASB)
33 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
34 “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.