Then one of the twelve apostles, the one named Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests. He asked, “What will you pay me if I hand him over to you?”They offered him 30 silver coins. From then on, he looked for a chance to betray Jesus.
Matthew 26:14-16 (God’s Word)
Judas is not just famous; he is infamous! How many mothers want their son to be named Judas? How many dads want their son to be known as a sell out? This name is held with such contempt that no one in their right mind would name their child “Judas” – unless of course they are not familiar with the Bible! People don’t even use this name for their pets because of the negative connotation to the name as a traitor!
Probably the greatest personal tragedy in history is the story of Judas. How does a man go from being one of twelve chosen disciples, a man who could have had his name inscribed on the foundation stones in heaven, to being one of the worse sinners of all time, Jesus described him as the “son of perdition!”. The word “perdition” in Greek literally means: “waste!” He was thus described by Jesus here as the “son of waste.” How can a man fall from such a height to such a low place just because of thirty pieces of silver?
It is good to note today that the greater our passion for earthly things, the less our passion for heavenly things! As Jesus pointed out in Matt. 6:21, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” The love of silver robbed a man named Judas of his opportune place in God – and it can still do this today! Jesus statement “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money. This statement proved true in Judas’ case. Indeed the love of money is the root of evil.
My Declaration and Confession: Father, today I declare that greed, selfish ambition, idolatry, conceit and arrogance has no place in my heart. Help me love and place you over things in my life. Lord, empty me of preoccupation with materialism, worry and anxiety.
Ignite Thought: The greater our passion for heavenly things, the less our passion for earthly things, there is no middle ground.