Have you sold anyone out lately?
Whoa… where is this going?
I was reading the Bible and came across this passage of Scripture that caused me to pause. In Luke 22 we read about some people that want to kill Jesus, and one of Jesus’ boys, Judas Iscariot, totally sold Him out. What’s really crazy is what he got in exchange—money! Yeah, I know… money. FOR REAL?! You gave the Son of God up for money?!
Here, read it:
“The Festival of Unleavened Bread, which is also called Passover, was approaching. The leading priests and teachers of religious law were plotting how to kill Jesus, but they were afraid of the people’s reaction. Then Satan entered into Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve disciples, and he went to the leading priests and captains of the Temple guard to discuss the best way to betray Jesus to them. They were delighted, and they promised to give him money. So he agreed and began looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus so they could arrest him when the crowds weren’t around.” (Luke 22:1-6 NLT)
Now, to be fair, the Bible does say that Satan had entered Judas. But, that in itself is a problem, isn’t it? Why is Satan entering one of Jesus’ disciples? This just seems crazy.
But, really, the truth is this: How many times have I been a sell-out? Let’s be honest. How many time times did we give up Jesus for money, or for a position, or recognition, or some instant gratification of any sort, or a long look at a beautiful woman (longer than it should have been)? And, how many times does it seem like we just give into temptation as if we were not even considerate of the Holy Spirit and our identity as followers of Christ? Man…
See, Romans 3:23 says, “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” We all are sell-outs at one point or another. The good news is that we don’t have to stay that way! God made a way! Thankfully, verse 23 is right in the middle of 22 and 24, which are some awesome statements regarding the work that God has done.
22 We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.
23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.24 Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.
Truly Good News! Does this make it okay, then, to sell out Jesus? NO WAY! But, we are also given the tools to not do it. The Apostle Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 10:12-13, “If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.”
We don’t have to be a sell-out on Jesus. If anything, we should sell-out the world for Jesus! In fact, I kinda like the sound of that…
I’M A SELL-OUT! I’VE SOLD OUT FOR JESUS!
How about you?
- Have you felt the guilt/conviction of selling out Jesus by giving into temptations?
- Have you made a decision to follow Christ, and sell out to the world? (You can!)