Could You Do It?

Do you remember that meme on social media about slapping your best friend for a million dollars? Some variations replaced best friend with sibling, cousin, or mother. I’d forgive my kids if they split the money with me. But both of them said they couldn’t do it. Could you do it?

The rulers of the Philistines went to her and said, “Entice Samson to tell you what makes him so strong and how he can be overpowered and tied up securely. Then each of us will give you 1,100 pieces of silver.” ‭‭Judges‬ ‭16‬:‭5‬ ‭NLT‬‬

There were five rulers of the Philistines, each willing to give Delilah 1100 pieces of silver. That’s 5500 pieces of silver compared to the 30 pieces that Judas was offered to betray Jesus. I heard that in today’s economy, that’s about 15 million dollars compared to 250 dollars.

What Does it Mean?

The more I think about it, the deeper I go with questions. As we journey through Holy Week, I think about those closest to Jesus. How much did they value Him? Whenever I think about Judas, I wonder what made him sell his integrity so cheaply. He didn’t sell Jesus; he sold out his relationship with Jesus. And there was no solace for him afterward when he felt the weight of his soul. We don’t get to see his restoration like we do with Peter.

I think of Judas’ choice when I consider the times I  sold out intimacy with Christ. Back in my college days,  (keep in mind that I graduated at age 58) instead of spending time in the Word, there were nights I chose to binge-watch Korean dramas. In the moment, I foolishly thought mindless entertainment would soothe my stress.

Our Choices Reveal Our Character

Could you cause a loved one pain for personal gain?  What motivates your choices? How much is your relationship with Christ worth? I’m asking myself these questions as I contemplate the choices made by Delilah and Judas. I have no desire to repeat their mistakes, instead, I intend to learn from them. How about you?

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