SIMPLE BETRAYALS

Jesus asked him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”               – Luke 22:48

I don’t know if Judas understood the full consequences of his betrayal. Or that this simple, everyday cultural greeting in their Middle-Eastern world – his simple kiss on the cheek of Jesus – would be forever recognized as a horrendous act of betrayal. I don’t know if Judas had any real sense of how his simple, everyday action would become one of the world’s most infamous betrayals – with cruel and killing consequences. For him. And for Jesus.

But it did make me start to question where and how easily do I betray Jesus as my Lord through my simple, everyday thoughts, words and actions? Where and how easily do I betray my intimate relationship with Jesus?

Do I betray Jesus in the way I use and prioritize my time? In my busyness? In my seeking to accomplish certain goals? Do I betray Jesus by rushing right into and through my day – giving Him only a fleeting moment or just a small measured portion of my time? Do I betray Jesus in my multi-tasking and to-do lists? Do I betray Jesus in my down time? In the way I spend my time when I don’t have to answer to anyone for how I use it? Do I betray Jesus by giving Him very little of my fully focused attention? Simple everyday behavior that can become a betrayal of Jesus as the Lord of my life. A betrayal of the intimacy of our relationship.

Do I betray Jesus in my thoughts, words and actions? Where, how and how often do I betray Jesus and betray His love and sacrifice when I think, speak and act in prideful, self-centered, ugly and mean ways? Do I betray Jesus in my facial expressions, in my body language, in my tone of voice? In my driving? In my eating? Simple everyday behavior that can become a betrayal of Jesus as the Lord of my life. A betrayal of the intimacy of our relationship.

Do I betray Jesus in my relationships? Do I get angry too quickly? Do I blow people off? Do I write people off? Do I betray Jesus by becoming critical, arrogant, dismissive, defensive or offensive? Do I demand my own way? Do I forgive others? Or do I betray the cost of my own forgiveness, paid for by the blood of Jesus, by holding onto bitterness and resentment for the wrongs done to me? Do I betray Jesus by not loving as He loved – sincerely, intentionally, actively and continually? Not loving even those I claim are most precious to me as Jesus loved? Simple everyday behavior that can become a betrayal of Jesus as the Lord of my life. A betrayal of the intimacy of our relationship.

How simply, far too easily and even more thoughtlessly, I can betray the love and lordship of Jesus through my simple, everyday – and even culturally accepted – thoughts, words and actions. And I know the consequences of those simple betrayals. They cost Jesus His life.

We, the rescued, redeemed and renewed children of God, need to ask our God to help us to stay intimate with, mindful of, and thankful for Jesus – every moment of our every day. This is God’s good idea as well – keeping us from even simple, everyday betrayals.

Devote yourselves to prayer [listening and talking with God], being watchful [of all we think, say and do], and thankful [for God’s unfailing love, continual presence and unlimited power]. – Colossians 4:2