“Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him.” –Matthew 26:14-16
Who do you depend on to care for you? If your answer is, “myself” then you have something in common with Judas. Like many of us, Judas looked for ways to gain an edge and to turn a profit. He was determined to take care of himself. By betraying Jesus, Judas was simply taking advantage of a money making opportunity. He was so focused on profits that he lost the only real treasure he ever had.
Challenge: Ask yourself how you measure success. Is it in profits, grades, wins, commitment, or intelligence? At times we’ve valued these earthly treasures above the eternal treasures of love, mercy, and hope. We too have betrayed the savior of the world. Mercifully it is precisely this betrayal that he died to forgive.