Judas Iscariot was a man who walked closely with the LORD Jesus Christ, one who broke bread with the LORD, however because of the state of his heart, the enemy used him to betray the LORD Jesus Christ. After the deed, like one waking up from a stupor…he bewails to have ‘betrayed an innocent man’. He returned the 30 pieces of silver; but the guilt was overwhelming and he hanged himself Mathew 27:4 -5.
At one time, Judas Iscariot together with the rest of the disciples was sent by the LORD Jesus Christ on ‘missions’. In excitement, they reported to the LORD Jesus Christ …. ‘Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name’. A caution was made by the LORD that our excitement as Christians should not be based on the great exploits one is achieving in this world; but on the fact that one’s name is written in Heaven Luke 10:17-20.
Indeed people must have been shocked to learn that Judas Iscariot who walked very closely with the LORD Jesus Christ was the very same one who betrayed him. While Judas Iscariot was looking for an opportunity for the betrayal… the LORD Jesus Christ knew.
Is there anything that ‘blackens’ your heart…that would cause you to betray the LORD? When Cain got angry because God had not accepted his offering, his face was downcast…a reflection of the state of his heart. God cautioned Cain that “sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.” Genesis 4:7 Sin will always desire to have us, but we have to MASTER it…and when we put on the breastplate of righteousness…the righteousness of Christ blocks and disable the arrows Satan target’s one’s heart.
As you serve God and relate with others…do ask self the motive behind your actions. The LORD who knows the heart of man knows whether what you do as a Christian is out of love for him; or simply to please self, need for recognition, cover up for one’s weaknesses etc. Irrespective of how elaborate one’s actions are in service to God or for a person…if they are not made out of a pure heart …liken it to a barn of hay or straw which catches fire leaving one with nothing.
A Christians walk and service to God requires us to have a pure Heart. The Psalmist asked, “who may ascend the hill of the LORD? Who may stand in his Holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart” Psalms 24:3-4.
Mastering sin in one’s life enables us to maintain clear crystal motives and attitude before God…it is your responsibility to guard your heart.