While he was still speaking, there came a crowd, and the man called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He drew near to Jesus to kiss him, (Luke 22:47 ESV)
Today, there are a lot of people who identify as a Christian and even go to church, but – like Judas – their hearts are not devoted to Jesus. This is no surprise to Jesus. In the next verse, Jesus confronts Judas here in his attempt to kiss Him, “Really, Judas! You’re still going to put on the show that you love Me?”
Jesus isn’t looking for perfect actions, but He is asking for honesty and your whole heart. He gives every opportunity to be truthful with Him. He knows that you are utterly incapable of believing in, loving, and walking in obedience to Him without His help and empowerment through His Holy Spirit. That is the Gospel of salvation by grace through faith and it is all a gift from God (Ephesians 2:8).
When you hide your faults and feelings from Him, it only works to further push your heart away from God. He is still there, but it’s almost like we try to go into hiding. The reality is that there is no place you can hide from Him and He knows your heart even better than you do (Psalm 139:7-8).
Tell him the truth today. Allow Him into every crevice and corner of your heart to come in and transform the best and worst parts of you. You need Him for all of it. He is, after all, The Savior.
And so the Lord says, “These people say they are mine. They honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. And their worship of me is nothing but man-made rules learned by rote.
(Isaiah 29:13 NLT, see also Matt 15:8, Mark 7:6)
‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot.
(Revelation 3:15 NASB)
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. (Romans 5:6 ESV)
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