Not Meant To Convict You
Today’s post is a pretty powerful one, even for me.
This isn’t meant to be one of those posts where people look at it, and are like, “You’re just trying to make us feel guilty.”
But I know some will see the title, and turn away. I know there are a majority of us who proclaim to believe in God, and follow Christ, but refuse to stay accountable. I pray for you now to keep reading. Be accountable. Get to know God. We don’t have a lot of time left.
And this isn’t meant to convict anyone. No, actually, this was something God put on my heart earlier today. I was listening to one of my favorite songs, “You love me anyways,” by Sidewalk Prophets, which I’ve covered on an Easter post, here.
There’s a line near the end, that always speaks to me, in that the singer says that he is Judas’ kiss. And even then, God loves us.
We Need A Harsh Awakening
We are Judas’ kiss to Jesus. And I wanted to write about that symbol because, let’s face it, we’re stubborn people. We know we aren’t flawless, but we don’t always enjoy change. Especially when it is about turning from our past ways and thoughts.
To which I know this visual is needed to humble our hearts. We always wonder why heavy subjects and situations are placed in our hands.
Well, God has to get our attention somehow. There’s a difference between being happy and blessed praising Him, and then being completely broken, uncertain in doubt, and STILL going to Him praising His name.
God is a Potter, right? So, He is going to craft us, and continue to mold us. And He can’t do that when we aren’t giving Him problems, and issues. And if we feel fine with our life, but still have things God doesn’t want in our life, He is going to prick us.
And let me just say the scary part, okay?
If we refuse His ways and teachings, we will BECOME NUMB to Him.
(NIV) Zephaniah 3:02, “She obeys no one, she accepts no correction. She does not trust in the LORD, she does not draw near to her God.”
What Happens When We Are Numb
There’s a number of things that happen when we become numb.
There’s lack of going to church, and I’m discussing a church in which the individual enjoyed going, and was growing in Christ because of it.
(NLT) Hebrews 10:25, And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of His return is drawing near.”
There is a lack in Bible study or none at all.
Bible study tends to be a hard thing to do daily for most Christians. Many people do not look at scripture daily, use a devotional, read the Bible, etc. We lose our armor because we’re already weak since we haven’t been equipping ourselves. We have no sword for defense.
Prayer isn’t extensive with God. Maybe it’s basic requests at morning or night. Maybe there is no prayer at all.
The less we focus on God, the less our actions will be reflective of Christ. We will choose to do what we want regardless of if it follows Christ or not.
And when these things happen whether one by one or maybe we just miss a day, then a week, then a month etc. The cycle keeps growing.
One Small Taint Is Enough
Only one aspect of our life needs to become an anchor to take hold of who we follow, our wants or God.
For example, many struggle with lust and sexual desire. The focus becomes on our pleasure and what we want from our desire.
Many struggle with honesty. Sprinkling white lies, fibs, exaggeration, and thinking this is completely okay. But this isn’t reflective of the truth, regardless of how small of a difference we think it makes.
Many struggle with judging and condemnation of others. It is easier to focus on everyone else and their problems, especially when looking at others and their relationship with Christ, or lack of, then it is to focus on our relationship with Christ.
Many struggle with trusting God, so instead, put faith and hope in themselves.
Many struggle with the cling of anger, bitterness, complaints, envy, and just overall not being happy with some aspect of life. We become upset at someone’s actions towards us. We want revenge. We want compensation. We thrive on complaining about how no one listens to us, or is there for us, because we want understanding and some attention. We feel so isolated and alone, we want others to feel that pain or at least understand it. But in the end it isn’t enough.
All of these issues though scattered share one factor.
We don’t want to look at the fruits of the Spirit. So our fruit we bear becomes rotten. We are not the salt of the earth, and we have hidden the light of Christ within us.
(NIV) James 3:16, “For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.”
We notice the less we have of God, the more disorder we tend to have in our life. No peace. No comfort. And so we continue with negativity.
We Give Satan A Foothold
So how does this relate to Judas and his kiss to Jesus when he betrayed Him?
Judas was a follower of Christ. Judas was tempted by money to turn over Jesus. He didn’t realize the consequence of his choice in what it would do to his Teacher, to his Friend…it wasn’t about Jesus, at the time, it was about what would benefit Judas, himself.
Our life is often thrown into that very question. Will this benefit me or is this something God wants?
Even after Judas accepted the money, he STILL had a choice to turn away, give the money back, or at least tell the priests, “No, I’m not going to do this.”
But he didn’t.
And what happens because he holds onto the money and his word of betrayal?
Satan took over him. (John 13:27)
Judas was consumed.
We Can Become Consumed
We, too, can be consumed by our own wants. We don’t want to hurt Christ. We don’t want to backslide to day one of when we first met Him. Yet, we struggle not only to follow Him, but to reflect being Christ-like.
We let negativity encourage us, and selfish wants tempt us. When we give so much of our self-control away, we become consumed by that very thing.
If we profess to be a follower of Christ, we need to be aware of our sins. We need to be aware of what tempts us. What situations we put ourselves in, and what kind of peers or circle of friends we surround ourselves with.
Understand beloved, I’m not saying when we sin we can’t be cleansed or forgiven. Self-control is something the Holy Spirit helps us with, as it is a fruit of the Spirit. We must be willing to choose Christ, and His walk for our life.
Because when we choose our wants over Christ, we are the kiss of Judas. We are proclaiming to love Christ, and be a follower of Him. Yet, we kiss Him on the cheek, saying, “I choose myself over You.”
May this be a wake up call for you and for me.
~ T. R. Noble
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