Today I awoke to a house that is in utter chaos. One quick glance around was enough to make me want to crawl back in bed and stay there for a month. But I don't have a month. I don't even have a week. I have to be out of my house in less than a week. So I have to get on with the process of packing, trying to hold a pseudo garage sale and trying to launch a business. More than ever, this morning I really needed a word of encouragement to carry me through the day. So I pull up one of my morning bible readings on my phone and this is the message for today.
Oh wow. I know that it's Holy Week and Christians around the world are remembering the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ but for me, this message, on this day, has a whole new meaning. I know how it feels to be betrayed.
One of the harsh realities of life is that if we live long enough we will all feel the hurt of betrayal by a person, or persons, close to us. If you are a visionary or a dreamer you will probably feel that hurt more frequently and with greater intensity. Often, as in the case of Judas, your betrayer will be someone who believes that their actions are in your best interest. There are many theologians who believe that when Judas approached the chief priests he was actually seeking that they grant Jesus an interview and an opportunity to explain his teachings, make his case so to speak. Judas was a practical man and when Jesus spoke of "a kingdom", Judas' vision was limited to an earthly government. The reality was that for all of the time that Judas walked with Jesus as a disciple, he never truly understood Jesus' mission or that His kingdom was one of the spirit. A Kingdom of Heaven.
So if today you find yourself in a position where you feel betrayed by someone close to you or by some form of leadership, do not be discouraged. Everyone, including those closest to you, will never share your vision, encourage you in your mission or lend a helping hand in time of need. If you have chosen to follow the path of Jesus, more times than not, just the opposite will occur. People who do not know you will question your motives and/or your integrity. There will be friends who will not really "hear" what you're saying when you speak. And people who you thought would be there for you, will abandon you. When these things happen you are simply sharing in the sufferings of Christ and experiencing your own form of crucifixion. Just know that if your dream is from God, He will bring it to pass. Not in man's way, but in His.