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Choose the Better

Lay all of your masks and costumes out on the table, and ask Jesus to help you be authentic. Ask Him to help you be a follower of Christ.

Scripture

Our verse for today comes from Mark 14:43, ” And immediately, while He was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, with a great multitude with swords and clubs, came from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. “

Background

In an episode of Seinfeld , Elaine meets three new friends who have an uncanny resemblance to her three buddies with whom she hangs out and has known for years. In dress, stature, appearance, and name each of them strongly favors one from her long-standing group of friends. One evening, she walks out of a shop and sees her old pals approaching from down the street. As they beckon to her, she also hears her name called from the opposite direction, as her new friends are heading up the sidewalk. Torn as to what to do, she stands in the middle of two worlds colliding. Her three cohorts need her help as they pettily bicker over some contrivance they are caught up in, while her new acquaintances have stepped aside and are giving money to a homeless person. Ultimately, Elaine is drawn by the normalcy and serenity that a friendship with the ” bizarro world ” friends promises, and she leaves with them while her old pals stand in wonder. Her petty, childish side had been confronted by who she wanted to be, and she chose the better, even if only for a while.

Application

Judas had run with Jesus and the others for the better part of three years. He had a life with them that was a certain way. But another Judas approached Jesus in the garden. This Judas came with a different sort of crowd. Right there, surrounded by olive trees and drowsy disciples, the two worlds of Judas collided, his church world and his real world. He had played them both well, and now he was choosing. But he did not choose the better. It’s impossible for each of us to be the exact same person in every situation in every environment. The nature, dynamics, and roles are just too varied, and our pride and hypocrisy are often too strong. But if you’re acting the disciple while your heart is consorting with the clubs and swords of this world, you have some choosing to do. We all know what the great multitude would have you do, but what would Jesus say?

Charge

As we seek Him today, lay all of your masks and costumes out on the table, and ask Jesus to help you be authentic. Ask Him to help you be a follower of Christ.


AuthorRich Holt | BCWorldview.org 

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