John 5:16-47; Mark 6:6b-11; Matthew 9:35-10:42; Luke 9:1-5
Judas was a believer, a follower of Christ. He was one of the twelve who was given power to heal the sick, drive out demons, and raise the dead. He, along with Peter, James and John, went into cities and shared the good news of Jesus.
I wonder what that trip was like for Judas. Is this where his heart began to change from wanting to follow Christ to wanting something else?
God is asking me today what it is that I want? Matthew 5:34-39 says following Jesus is serious business. His is not an easy road to travel. It certainly is not always peaceful.
And Jesus is very demanding. On one hand the Bible tells husbands to love their wives. But in 5:37 Jesus warns that if you love her more than you love God you aren’t worthy of him. If I put anything or anyone above my love for Jesus I am not worthy of him.
What does that even mean?
Jesus demands that he be our life’s focus. That all the things we do, the jobs we have, the people we love, are to come second to our relationship with The Lord. None of these things are wrong and we are to be busy doing what God intends for us to do, loving each other, serving each other.
But somewhere along the way Judas lost his focus. And we know how that story ends.
May we keep our eyes on Jesus. May we love him more today than we did yesterday. And may we serve him with joy.