Judas Iscariot was one of the twelve disciples. He went to the chief priests and asked, “How much will you give me if I help you arrest Jesus?” They paid Judas 30 silver coins, and from then on he started looking for a good chance to betray Jesus.
What have you been offered to betray Jesus? Of course, there was only one Judas Iscariot, but Satan is still quite willing to reward any follower of Jesus if he or she will betray the Lord. How can you betray Jesus today? It is quite simple and probably quite familiar. Jesus shows you the way that you should go, and then there comes a profitable opportunity for you to go another way.
With Judas it was 30 pieces of silver that "tipped the scales" and made him feel "ok" about betraying the Lord. Some believe that Judas did not expect his betrayal to send Jesus to the Cross, and that may indeed be the case. But when you go your own way instead of the way the Lord wants you to go, the consequences may be far worse than you expect as well.
When Jesus impresses your heart with the fact that you should speak to a stranger, you have no idea where that brief conversation will lead in the life of that "stranger" or others who know him or her. When you sow a seed for Jesus in one heart, the new life that may come from that one seed might be so great that no one could imagine how many will turn to Jesus because of that one encounter!
And when you decide not to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit in your daily walk, the impact on others, even years from now might be tragically significant.
Of course, you must not dwell on what may or may not happen in the future, but never take a whisper from the Lord lightly! When the Holy Spirit pulls on the reigns of your heart, go that way without delay. Let Him be in total control and know for certain that He has a Godly purpose for every Word!
And when Satan offers you 30 pieces of silver, RUN!
"Lord Jesus, help me never to betray you by accepting Satan's alternative for a direction You are showing me in life. Give me the courage to follow every leading from You today and every day. And may You be praised forever. Amen."