Monday: 15th April, 2019
Reference text: John 12:1-11
John 12:5 “That perfume was worth a year’s wages. It should have been sold and the money given to the poor.”
Today, the spotlight falls on Judas Iscariot. He is remembered as a ‘bad guy’ but often, I console myself by looking at his betrayal of Jesus as a “necessity” for my salvation. Thus, I avoid digging deeper or asking any questions. But hard as I try, it is difficult to ignore the presence of precipitating factors that facilitated this necessity. The verses of John read today gives us an idea of what the drive was- Money.
Judas Iscariot is confirmed ‘as the one who kept the common purse'(vs 6). While his background is not explitly made clear in the Gospels, the revelation of his role as the money ‘keeper’ hit me as a bit of a surprise. This was because amongst the twelve disciples, there was Matthew. A guy whose entire working life had revolved around money since he was a Tax collector who could boast of having a lot more experience with money than any of the others.
In addition, Judas is categorically referred to as a thief. Hence, the expression of concern when nard-based oil, worth about the same amount a labourer would earn an entire year, was poured at the feet of Jesus. To him, that was a waste and misuse of funds, even though the actual reasons for his concerns lay elsewhere.
Sweetheart, the reality about money is although it is a necessity to facilitate living, ‘love’ for it opens a portal to a lot of trouble. Saint Paul couldn’t have said it any differently: ‘For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and by craving it, some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs’ (1 Tim 6:10).
This ought to get our attention because
‘the craving for more money usually comes at the expense of something else – the abandoning of honed morals & standards, as well as, the neglect of personal relationships. The absence of these two checks can make anyone appear indifferent and thus take no thought of their actions until the consequences are seen.
Beloved, a craving for money can be blinding and cause you to see nothing else: people, morals or even God- but money. Let us therefore be careful of our approach to money and not allow it to dictate the course of our lives.
Remember # you do need money, but you should not become a slave to money.