Scripture: 2 Samuel 17, Psalm 71, Matthew 26
Matthew 26:14-15 Then one of the twelve disciples—the one named Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests and asked, “What will you give me if I betray Jesus to you?” They counted out 30 silver coins and gave them to him.
“Everyone has a price.”
Meaning: if you offer them enough money, they’ll do anything.
Money is not neutral; it has power. Money is seductive. Jesus said, “You can’t serve both God and Money.”
Imagine Judas. He spent three years with Jesus. He heard Jesus’ teaching; he saw Jesus’ miracles. And yet after three years, Judas had a price—he sold Jesus out for 30 pieces of silver.
The tipping point for Judas was Mary’s extravagant gift of perfume. Mary (see John 12:1-8) poured on Jesus an entire bottle of expensive perfume, worth a year’s wages (see Mark 14:3-9). She loved Him extravagantly! The disciples, led by Judas (John 12:4-6), protested: “What a waste! This should have been sold and the money given to the poor.” John tells us that Judas didn’t care for the poor; he was a thief and as the group’s treasurer, he helped himself to the money in their common purse. When Jesus let this windfall get away, the very next thing Judas does is meet with the priests and ask, “What will you give me if I betray Jesus to you?”
Whatever else motivated Judas’ treachery, we know that money was one big factor. Judas was seduced by money, and it was a strong enough seduction for him to betray Jesus after being with Him for three years.
I think, “If I had been with Jesus for three years, and seen and heard all He did and said, I’d never sell Him out.” But everyone has a price. How much would it take to make you compromise your convictions? That’s the danger.
I am grateful for what God has given me—I’m rich. I want to manage it well for Him. I want to be generous. And most of all, I don’t want to love it. I want to love the Lord with all I have—and never be seduced by money.
Prayer: Thanks for being generous with me, Lord. I’m grateful. And I want to love You, not money, and be aware of it’s seductive power.