The Cost of Disloyalty

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Friday, April 19, 2019

Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve. And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus. Luke 22: 3-4

One of the most essential human characteristics to me is loyalty. The basis of loyalty is integrity and truthfulness. It is unfortunate that some people enter into relationships with others without the desire to be loyal. Loyalty does not mean we have to condone or tolerate the mistakes and ungodliness of friends and loved ones. There are times when being loyal means challenging our friends and loved ones to be righteous, yet affirming them while they are trying to get it together. A loyal friend will disagree with you, but he or she will not disown you.

 For three years, Judas lived with Jesus. He heard our Lord’s teaching, saw our Savior’s commitment to his messianic mission, experienced Jesus’s love, and pretended that he was all into the kingdom ministry of Jesus. During that time, Jesus trusted him to be the treasury for his disciple maker ministry.  And though he was not one of the core members of Jesus’ discipleship team, he had unfettered access to our Savior.

 Why did Judas betray Jesus? The first reason is the love of money. Indeed, “the love of money is the root of all evil, and by craving it, some have wandered away from the faith” (1 Timothy 6:10). Judas saw an opportunity to profit from his friendship with Jesus. He followed Jesus for what the Lord was doing and not for who he was. He was motivated by greed and wanted a fortune.

 The second reason is that Judas did not fully trust Jesus to be the messianic savior he said he was. Evidently, Judas had doubts about Jesus and was conflicted about his allegiance to Jesus. To become an authentic disciple of Jesus Christ, one has to fully trust him to be the only Lord and Savior of the world. Loyalty to Jesus Christ requires faith in Christ and trust in his Holy Word.

 The third reason is that Judas was religious, but he wasn’t Holy Spirit centered and lacked understanding about biblical prophecy.  Judas was like most of his Jewish contemporaries. He believed in God, wanted to follow God, and was inclined to follow a renowned rabbi. However, he had a loyalty deficiency.

 We all struggle with a loyalty deficiency with regards to our relationship with God. The enemy is always looking to entice us to betray our Lord. Unfortunately, some of us betray the Lord for fame and fortune, and others betray him because of pride, or the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eye.

 Most of us would not admit that we have a Judas within. We don’t like to think that we are disloyal. Yet we often break the heart of God with our actions. In our disobedience, we show contempt to the Lord’s holiness and prove our disloyalty to his sovereignty.

 What makes Good Friday so extraordinary is because Jesus died for a world that continues to betray him. He is the only one who is loyal at all times. None of us can say that we will never betray the Lord. But the truth is that because of our sinfulness, there remains a question mark next to our loyalty to God until the day we die. That’s why we need the Holy Spirit to teach us how to be loyal and help us stay loyal. Without the Holy Spirit, we are, and will always be a Judas in the midst.

 Prayer- Blessed Lord, please continue to fill us up with your Holy Spirit so we can loyal to you, and faithful to our assignment as kingdom workers.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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