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Daily Reading: 18th February 2015

John 12.4-6

4 Now Judas Iscariot, one of His disciples, and the one being about to betray Him, says:

5 “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarius and it be given to the poor?”

6 but he said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief and he was in charge of what was put into the purse, which he stole. (carried).

Perhaps we all know the Scripture that tells us that the love of money is the root of all evil (1 Timothy 6.10). Our society is built upon the acquisition of money. Those who have a lot of money are the same as those who have little or no money, all want more. Unions are constantly working to increase the wages of their workers, whilst at the same time the owners of companies always seek to increase their profit margins and their own wealth.

Judas was a man who sought to increase his own stash of money, and in that he was no different from most other people. There was another disciple who had been keen to build his own wealth, and that was Matthew. However, the difference was that since he became a disciple of Jesus, he had turned from his old ways of increasing his wealth by overcharging people their taxes. He had left that life behind.

Judas was a man who sought to embezzle the funds that people had generously given for the support of Jesus and His ministry.

Zacchaeus was also a tax collector who had swindled people. After his meeting with Jesus he said this:

 “Look, Lord, I give half of my possessions to the poor, and I repay four times as much if I have defrauded anyone of anything” – Luke 19.8.

His encounter with Jesus completely changed his outlook so that he willingly tried to correct the consequences of the wrongs that he had been doing.

Whereas, It would seem that the heart of Judas was still governed by the desire to increase his wealth. He was with Jesus each day, but we can only assume that he was constantly resisting the challenges that Jesus was confronting him with.

Our encounters with Jesus will always challenge the motivation of our life; how we respond to Him determines the course of our life into righteousness or unrighteousness.

Let us choose righteousness, the ways of Jesus.

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