Saturday Matthew 10:26-33
If Judas had any trepidation about Jesus’ plan to change the world without violence, Jesus’ words here urged him to be calm. Judas and the rest of the disciples should not fear Rome or any of their enemies. After all, the worst their enemies can do is kill them, right? Not so comforting, perhaps. But Jesus reminded them that serving God and furthering His plan—or not doing so, rather—could have much worse consequences than death. This is among the first warnings Judas would have heard. Imagine how Judas, who even early in his discipleship, may have had a temptation of betrayal stirring in his heart. Have you ever felt the rumblings of temptation before an actual opportunity arose? How do you deal with those temptations?
Help me to recognize temptation quickly and take action to follow You instead. Guide me into Your plan; Your process. Help me to trust that You truly know the best way. Amen