If you were asked to make a list of your priorities, what number would Jesus get? How long would it take for you to write His name down?
What is the most precious possession you have right now? Too precious that you think you can’t live without it?
Is it a person, or your family perhaps? Could it be your daily needs? Well obviously, because we wouldn’t categorise something as a ‘need’ if we didn’t need it, right? Aside from these needs, what are the things you can’t live without? Is it money? Food? A car? House? Think about that for a moment.
Are you done thinking and pondering? What was the first thing that came into your mind as your top priority? Did your mind suggest many things? How about your heart? What does it need right now? Love? Security? Acceptance? Happiness?
Our hearts and minds long for many things. Because of those longings, we find various ways to satisfy them. Could it be that we have become the Judas Iscariots of our time? Why? Because we exchange Jesus for a measly 30 pieces of silver.
We sacrifice our alone time with Him to be with our friends so that we won’t feel left out. We work hard to earn more money and buy trendy things because it makes us feel accomplished.
We try so hard to have a perfect appearance to earn people’s approval. We compromise our Christian principles to try and impress others. We exchange Him for the things we think we can’t live without.
Little do we know that the very person we are sacrificing is the One that we truly need, the One who truly satisfies.
Judas Iscariot, after selling Jesus to the chief priests, felt an overwhelming sense of remorse and guilt – to the point that he hanged himself after throwing the money away that he earned!
This just tells us that no matter how much we value something, the pain of being taken away from God’s presence won’t do it justice.
More often than not, we’re so overwhelmed or pre-occupied with the things of this earth. We forget that living this life means living for Jesus. Because without Jesus in us, we just merely exist – like a bottle thrown in the ocean tossed around wherever the waves take it.
It hurts to be called a modern day Judas, but we are if we are doing these things, even unknowingly. Yes, we face our individual battles every day, but it’s important to realign ourselves to what’s really important in life. We’re made for God’s presence, that is our natural habitat. The person who strays from God’s presence is slowly dying without even realizing it.
Remember the story of Martha and Mary?
Jesus said to Martha, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:38-42)
As you go on with your every day journey, learn what not to do from Judas Iscariot.
DON’T EXCHANGE JESUS FOR A MEASLY 30 PIECES OF SILVER.