“What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him over to you?”
I am pretty certain that the Scripture offers evidence that Judas did not betray Jesus on a whim. He did not have this spontaneous moment of horrible decision-making skills. Just like with many of our failures, it was a long-awaited heart issue.
If you look at what happened in front of the disciples prior to Judas seeking out wicked compensation, you will find that another’s true, uninhibited worship of the Lord stirred him to do something awful. That grieves me.
Mary had counted the cost and found Christ worth more than her expensive perfume and alabaster box. Judas counted the cost and decided that money deserved his attention more than the One he had followed for several years.
Jesus had already shown them that man cannot serve two masters. Man cannot divide his worship between God and money. It just doesn’t work. When it came down to it, Judas’ divided heart chose the latter…and Satan found an open door.
What is it that would divide your attention from complete worship of Christ? Do you pour out yourself in reckless abandon upon His feet—or do you hold back a part of your heart in the bottle you keep? Do you see Him as worth laying down all of your treasure? Do you let go of what is temporary, so that you can hold onto the Eternal One?
How do you respond when you see someone pour out beautiful worship through brokenness? Does it stir you to join in…or does it stir you to satisfy the agitation within you? I urge you to search your heart. Don’t let ANYTHING pull you away from Him. And especially don’t dare to think that you can “follow” Him with a divided heart. There will be a day when you will have to decide.
Judas had been the keeper of the money bag.
Be careful so that what you keep doesn’t end up keeping you.
Scripture to read:
Lord, search me and know me. I want to love You with all of my heart, soul, mind and strength. I don’t want to leave any room for the enemy to find a way to pull me away from You. I want to pour out all that I am in worship to You. You have my heart. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.