“SOLD JESUS FOR A QUARTER!”

“THEN ONE OF THE TWELVE, NAMED JUDAS ISCARIOT, WENT TO THE CHIEF PRIESTS AND SAID, ‘WHAT ARE YOU WILLING TO GIVE ME TO BETRAY HIM TO YOU?’ AND THEY WEIGHED OUT THIRTY PIECES OF SILVER TO HIM.” MATTHEW 26: 14;15 NIV

READ MATTHEW 26:14-24

I WAS TOLD A STORY OF A MINISTER WHOM HAD JUST MOVED INTO A NEW TOWN. WHILE TAKING A BUS FROM HIS HOME TO THE DOWNTOWN AREA, HE DISCOVERED THE BUS DRIVER HAD GIVEN HIM A QUARTER TOO MUCH IN CHANGE. HE THOUGHT ABOUT GETTING UP AND GIVING THE QUARTER BACK TO THE BUS DRIVER KNOWING IT WOULD BE WRONG TO KEEP THE EXTRA QUARTER. HE ALSO THOUGHT ABOUT IT ONLY BEING A QUARTER AND THE TRANSIT COMPANY WOULD NEVER MISS JUST ONE QUARTER.

WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE DONE?

AS THE FAMOUS PAUL HARVEY WOULD HAVE SAID: “NOW, FOR THE REST OF THE STORY.”

THE MINISTER GAVE THE QUARTER BACK TO THE DRIVER AS HE EXITED THE BUS. THE DRIVER ASKED HIM IF HE WAS THE NEW MINISTER IN TOWN. THE MINISTER TOLD THE DRIVER THAT INDEED HE WAS THE NEW MINISTER. THEN THE DRIVER TOLD HIM OF HOW HE HAD GIVEN THE MINISTER THE EXTRA QUARTER ON PURPOSE TO SEE WHAT THE MINISTER WOULD DO. SATISFIED THEN THAT THE NEW MINISTER WAS A GOOD MAN, THE DRIVER ADDED HE WOULD COME TO THE NEW MINISTER’S CHURCH TO WORSHIP ON SUNDAY.

THE MINISTER WAS WEAK IN HIS KNEES OF HIS ALMOST WRONG ACTION. HIS ONLY THOUGHT WAS HE HAD ALMOST SOLD JESUS, GOD’S SON, FOR A WORTHLESS QUARTER.

A QUARTER OR THOUSAND OF DOLLARS DOES NOT MATTER. RIGHT IS RIGHT AND WRONG IS WRONG. SOMETIMES OUR ACTIONS ARE ABOUT OUR DESIRES, NOT JUST MONEY. MAYBE YESTERDAY, LAST WEEK OR LAST YEAR YOU TOOK AN ACTION THAT SOLD JESUS OR ALMOST SOLD HIM. AS GOOD AS WE ARE, WE ALL MAKE JUDGEMENT MISTAKES. TAKE THE TIME TO THINK BACK OF A PAST ACTION YOU KNOW WAS WRONG. ASK GOD TO FORGIVE YOU. GOD WILL FORGIVE YOU.

TODAY’S PRAYER: “DEAR LORD, FORGIVE ME FOR THE TIMES I HAVE SOLD MY RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU FOR A WORTHLESS THOUGHT OR ACTION. LET ME FEEL YOUR PRESENCE DAILY AS I MAKE DECISIONS TO DO RIGHT THINGS RATHER THAN WRONG THINGS. AMEN.”