Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.” (Matthew 4:8-10 ESV)
The lie of the enemy was in the way he presented the bribe.
Satan uses physical treasures and earthly influence to tempt Jesus. And he says that he has the ability to give all these things to Jesus.
This is a lie given from a very tricky perspective.
The devil brings Jesus to the highest mountain on earth. From an earthly perspective, it does look like the devil owns all things. That is why you see evil people using evil deeds to earn good cars, beautiful houses, great influence, etc.
But even the highest mountain on earth pales in comparison to the perspective of God who is seated at the highest place–higher than the highest peak on this earth, who sees the greater need, knows the greater joy, and who has set eternity in the hearts of men (Ecclesiastes 3:11). By doing that, we will not find anything in this world that can satisfy us and bring us true joy apart from experiencing eternal joy through a relationship with Jesus.
We can only see the true value of joy from the highest perspective, that is by having an eternal perspective. And only by fixing our eyes on Jesus (the Author and Perfecter of our faith- Hebrews 12:2) can we see that.
Do not be fooled by the enemy’s tricks. Choose the perspective from the vantage point of eternity.