August 13–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 of Jesus. Or that his greeting–this simple cultural greeting of the day, of their Middle-Eastern world–would be forever marred by this horrendous act of betrayal.

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

Do I betray my Lord in the way I use, and value, my time? In my rushing and busyness? How easily, how often, do I betray Jesus by rushing through my day, giving Him just a fleeting moment of my day, of my work, of my fully-focused attention?

Do I betray Jesus in my thoughts, words and actions? Where and how do I dishonor and betray my Lord’s love and sacrifice when I think, speak and act in prideful and self-centered ways (even if no one else ever sees them)?  

Do I betray Jesus in my relationships? Do I demand my own way? Do I forgive others? Or do I betray the cost of my own forgiveness given through the blood of Jesus by holding onto bitterness and resentment for the wrongs done to me? Do I love—sincerely, intentionally, actively, continually—those who I claim are precious people and top priorities in my life?

How simply I, too, can betray the love and Lordship of Jesus. And I know the consequences of those simple betrayals. They cost Him His life.

May we each be more thankful for, more aware of and more yielded to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in each of our moments, our thoughts, our words and our actions.

In love, peace and purposeful passion,                                                               Sylane