I was blessed yesterday with Walkway: Reflections On The stations Of The Cross. A lenten exhibit primarily made by Church Simplified that shows the 14 stations of the cross and has relevant reflections though the activities presented in each station.
One particular station that catched my attention is the 2nd. It’s about Judas’ betrayal.
Many people label this poor guy “the betrayer”. He spent a lot of time with Jesus. Maybe even being real friends with Him. Maybe even serving Him for some time alongside the other 11. But at the most crucial part of Judas’ “Christian” life, in front of a crossroad where he has to choose between continuing the Lord’s ministry by becoming a REAL genuine lover and follower of Christ- he sold him self short. 30 pieces of silver. Some scholars say it would be worth a decent 3-month salary nowadays.
The truth, I believe, is that maybe, Judas loved Jesus to some point, just not enough to surrender his every concern to Him. In his case, money.
Some people might identify themselves with great followers of Christ, like Peter, Paul, James, John, but sometimes I look at the mirror and can greatly relate to the lines from the picture (see photo):
Maybe I love Jesus. Just not enough. Because sometimes, when faced with a decision or an opportunity to further devote myself to what He wants me to do, I’d rather choose to devote myself making more money.
I do worship Him. I go to church, yeah. But in times where He wants me to develop a deeper relationship with Him, I shy away and give obvious excuses, “I’m busy” ; “I don’t have time for this..”
What have I been selling my self short of? In exchange of experiencing God’s presence in my life.
As Christians in the workplace, there are tests we undergo. Tests of integrity, of honesty and the like. When we are put to that test, the decisions we make will definitely show which side we take- are we more of a Judas or are we really a follower of our so called Jesus?
I think it is good that for some moments we reflect and analyze the life we are living. See the things we are trading off between God’s call and our own selfish agenda. Maybe at some point you may understand why I identified myself to Judas.
Are you chasing after the right things in your life today? Is it really worth more than what God had been calling you to do?
But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus–the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God. [Acts 20:24, NLT]
Security (work, money); Ambition (career, dreams); Intimacy (relationships, human acceptance)…What is your “30-pieces-of-silver” today?
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