Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Internet Devotions: Choice Shaped - Luke 22:4

Luke 22:4 And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus. 

At one time, I used to feel sorry for Judas because I felt that he was given an unfair deal. However, the older I get the more that I realize that we are all shaped by the decisions we make. Sometimes there are circumstances out with our control, but for most of us living in the West, what we are is largely the result of our own choosing.

Looking at this passage (Luke 22:1-6), one quickly understands that Judas is under no pressure to betray Jesus. The clerics don’t even lobby or search for someone to help them; Judas turns up on his own because he has decided Christ needs to be halted. This is why I don’t feel sorry for him – he chooses to send an innocent man to his death and makes some money on the side. It’s a despicable act and one through which his infamous name still conveys obscene treachery.

I guess it’s also easy for all of us to point the finger at Judas and condemn him for his foul deed. Perhaps the true lesson to be learned from all of this is more of a self-reflection rather than an act of judgment. Judas’ act should make us all question the sinful and selfish decisions that we make in our own lives. Ultimately, as with Judas, those choices will also affect our salvation.

Questions for personal reflection

What decisions am I presently making that negatively affect my allegiance to Christ? Do I live to fill my own desires or do I honestly seek to serve Jesus?

Prayer:            Lord Jesus, we hope that we would never betray You with our choices, or separate ourselves from You with our deeds. Keep us from taking You for granted and help us to make better choices that will please You each and every day. In Your Holy Name, we pray. Amen.

John Stuart is the pastor of Erin Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. If you would like to comment on today’s message, please send him an email to Traqair@aol.com.

Today’s image is one of John’s latest drawings. It’s called “Carousel Pony” and features a white hobby horse on a carousel. If you would like to view a larger version, please click on the following link: http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8474/8114375541_4e793a998c_b.jpg

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