Chapter-a-Day John 12

Judas Iscariot
Judas Iscariot (Photo credit: Missional Volunteer)

[Judas] did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it. John 12:6 (NLT)

When you live in community with others it’s not your words that make a difference in the what others think and say about you – it’s your actions. For three years Judas was right there among Jesus’ inner circle. He heard the same messages as the other eleven followers, he saw the same miracles they did, and went on the same pilgrimages with them. I’m sure Judas talked a good game, but what John remembered was Judas’ selfishness, hypocrisy and the fact that he pilfered money for himself from the corporate accounts.

Today, I’m thinking about those with whom I live in community. I’m thinking about what they see in my actions and what it says about the person I am. I’m praying that I can increasingly bring my faith, my words, and my actions in harmony so that every moment of my life exemplifies what I say I believe.

One thought on “Chapter-a-Day John 12”

  1. 16 At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that these things had been done to him.

    Isn’t this the way it works sometimes? God has us doing things we don’t understand until a later time. I love the faithfulness though. The disciples didn’t whine, they didn’t question, they just went along with what Jesus was doing. We need to be the same sometimes. We don’t always get it at the time, but later it is made more clear to us. God help me to be faithful.

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