When that old Devil comes a calling, you can bet your bottom dollar he is coming to present you with an offer you can’t afford to refuse. It’s called temptation, and it’s the product of Satan himself. God doesn’t tempt any man nor can he be tempted (Jam 1:13). However, that old Serpent has been tempting man from the beginning.
The Serpent tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden. Yes, God gave man a beautiful garden, but the Devil knew God didn’t give man everything in the Garden. God gave man of every tree to eat of but one. That was the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Thus Satan tempted Eve with what God forbade. The father of all liars said God lied about the tree of knowledge of good and evil. God said unto man that in the day you eat of this tree, you will surely die. Satan told Eve, “You shall not surely die: For God knows that in the day you eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as gods, knowing good and evil”. Eve saw that the tree was good for food and was beautiful to the eye, and it could make one wise. Therefore, she fell into temptation and did what God forbid. She ate of it and gave also unto Adam to eat. (Gen 3)
The second Adam, Jesus Christ, was also tempted of Satan in the wilderness (Mt 4:1-11). Once again, Satan kept the best for the last. God had given his son a tall order to fill: Come to earth, suffer a cruel death on the cross, and then shall all power in heaven and earth be given to him (Jn 3:16 f; Mt 28:18). The Devil made Jesus a real sweet offer: All the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them. All Jesus had to do was to fall down and worship the Devil in order to get it. Jesus rejected the temptation, but one can only wonder if Satan was standing at the foot of the cross shaking his head and saying: “If you only had taken my offer this all would never have had to happen.” Yet, Jesus did die that cruel death, and today he sits on the right hand of God with all power in heaven and in earth.
Every human on earth has been offered something for their eternal soul. Some sell their soul to the Devil for little of nothing. Some sell it for power. Some for riches. Some for their sexual desires. Some for all three. Have you ever noticed that when God gives a man or a woman a spouse that they are not always the best at everything. As all humans, they come flawed. However, when one gets married the Devil comes a calling in an attractive package. He or she is beautiful or handsome. Some come with riches. Others come with power. They all come irresistible. The only thing you have to do to get them is to divorce your flawed spouse, and commit adultery with the choice of the Devil.
The Devil is offering you a deal you can’t afford to refuse here on earth, but then God is offering you a deal you can’t afford to refuse in the hereafter. In the end of all things, the Devil’s offer produces death. God’s offer produces life everlasting. What profits a man if he should gain the whole world and lose his own soul (Mt 16:24-26)? In this present life, much. In the life to come, nothing at all!