“What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over. – Matthew 26:15-16 (NIV)
Judas was a passionate follower of Jesus Christ. He followed the rabbi and learned at the foot of the son of God. However, he couldn’t see past his own agenda. Judas Iscariot’s idea of restoring his people back to power, in his estimation, had to be accomplished through triumphant military bloodshed. However, the closer Jesus came to the cross, the more Judas saw his own dreams dissolve before his eyes.
Rather than absorb the teaching of Jesus, Judas twisted Christ’s teaching and used the knowledge to fit his own selfish agenda. When it was apparent that Jesus Christ wasn’t going to overthrow the oppressive Roman Empire through might, Judas began looking for a way to sabotage Jesus.
Whether in the board room, the bedroom, or on the job site – we all see men who are working ferociously to force their agendas. Taking what is truth and bending it ever so slightly to make it fit a point of view is selfish, short sighted, and a sign of weak ignorance.
Like Judas, we can twist the teachings of Christ and mold them into a hybrid form of knowledge that better fits our own purposes. When we use Jesus Christ to further our own agenda, we effectively sell out our King to advance our own purpose. It’s easy to look at Judas in disgust, but even easier to promote ourselves over Christ’s teachings. Not every opportunity comes with a silver lining, but we sure can try to buy opportunities with a small bag of silver if we aren’t careful.
Let’s not act like spoiled little punks who cry when things don’t go the way we hoped. Let’s not “take our ball and go home” if no one agrees with our “plan”. And more importantly, get that selfish agenda attitude (and the junk that comes with it) out of your church, relationships, and off the people you care about. It’s damaging – and it has no place among men with honor, integrity, and guts.
THE RIGHT NEXT STEP
Write down one agenda that is difficult for you to allow deviations or wholesale changes.
PRAY: God, forgive me for being focused so much on me that I can’t see You. Show me how to use Christ’s teaching to shape me into the man You designed me to be. Amen.