“But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way.”
Satan always gives the best first and the worst last. For example, Proverbs 20:17 says, “Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man, but afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel.” With Satan, it always starts sweet, but it doesn’t end that way.
Satan is a counterfeiter and a deceiver. He’s guilty of false advertising. He always pulls a “bait and switch.” He doesn’t show the drunkard in the gutter covered with flies. He doesn’t show the addict shaking uncontrollably from another night of detox. He doesn’t show the ruined lives from sexually transmitted diseases. He always gives the best first and the worst last. It’s the opposite with Jesus: He gives the best last.
Do you have a teenager in your home? Then call a homeless shelter or prison to see if you can bring your teen there to take a tour.