Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests and asked, “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 26:14-16)
It’s easy to read the above passage and think something along the lines of, “I’d never do something like that!” Or, “Judas was an idiot.”
I mean, who in their right mind would trade their relationship with Jesus for 30 pieces of silver?
We pretty much do the same thing.
We’ve become proficient at being like Judas.
We trade in our relationship with Jesus by placing a higher priority on our political views than Him.
We trade in our relationship with Jesus by placing a higher priority on social issues than Him.
We trade in our relationship with Jesus by placing a higher priority on our jobs than Him.
We trade in our relationship with Jesus by placing a higher priority on our reputations than Him.
You get the idea.
We trade in our relationship with Jesus for just about anything one can think of.
But let me be clear.
The things listed are not bad in of themselves.
I mean, there are things that simply should be important to us.
But when they begin to usurp Jesus there’s a problem.
When we start looking for these things to give us something that only Jesus can give us there’s a problem.
Only Jesus can satisfy.
Only Jesus can give us peace.
Only Jesus can give us exactly what we need.
So what do we do?
What do we do when we’ve traded our relationship with Jesus for something else? What do we do when we’ve allowed something to usurp Jesus in some way?
We need to ask for His forgiveness.
We need to ask for His strength so we can live a life of surrender.
It may be hard and people may not understand, but trust me, there’s nothing more valuable than Him.
It’s time for Jesus to become the priority and it’s time for us to stop trading in our relationship with Him for things of lesser value.