He answered and said to them, “It is one of the twelve, who dips with Me in the dish. Mark 14:20
Have you ever had something in your life that you knew just shouldn’t be there? Maybe some habit that isn’t really hurting anyone or a friendship that pulls you in a wrong direction? Maybe it’s a debt or social media addiction that you cling to in an unhealthy way. If you are honest with yourself, you can probably identify something in your heart that you have felt conviction about, but continue to justify that it isn’t that bad and isn’t hurting you.
Just recently, I finally surrendered one such item that I have been holding onto. I had many internal arguments fighting for and trying to convince myself that it was fine. Not a sinful thing, just something I was hiding and wanted to keep hidden. I finally put my hands up and said: “ok God, You win!” But it wasn’t a battle that God was trying to control or take something away from me. It was a battle that I was hanging on to something that was holding back His best plans for my life. That one thing that I was holding onto was actually something I was putting between myself and His goodness. He doesn’t want to control us, He wants us to live this life in His greatest blessings and continue to grow in the things He has called us to.
In today’s reading, Jesus tells the disciples that one of them would betray Him as they were eating the Passover meal. They were shocked and surprised, mostly because they didn’t believe one of them would do such a thing, but one of them already was planning to betray Him and was surprised that He knew. In one of the gospels, it is accounted that Jesus told Judas that whatever he was going to do, to do it quickly. It almost looked like Jesus gave Him permission, but then Jesus added a solum warning. He said: Woe to him by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would be better if he were never born. Jesus knew what was going on. He knew He had to be taken to the cross, but He also knew that He didn’t need Judas’s help to get there. Judas on the other hand thought he had it all under control, but it turned out much different than he expected.
Today I want to encourage you to surrender all to Him. In Luke 8:17, Jesus said there is nothing hidden that will not be reveal. He knows all things, so thinking that you can keep or hide anything from Him is beyond reality. He loves you and has the best path for your life! Get all the roadblock out of the way and surrender all to Him today. He is not trying to keep any good thing from you. That is a lie that started in the the garden with the serpent and Eve. He wants to pour out His goodness on you life everyday in every area of your life, but He can only do that as you give Him access. Open up your heart and confess your secret parts to Him today. He already know anyway, why not let Him show you His best plans to success in all your ways.
Today’s scripture reading: Mark 14:12-21
12 Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they killed the Passover lamb, His disciples said to Him, “Where do You want us to go and prepare, that You may eat the Passover?”
13 And He sent out two of His disciples and said to them, “Go into the city, and a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him.
14 Wherever he goes in, say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says, “Where is the guest room in which I may eat the Passover with My disciples?” ’
15 Then he will show you a large upper room, furnished and prepared; there make ready for us.”
16 So His disciples went out, and came into the city, and found it just as He had said to them; and they prepared the Passover.
17 In the evening He came with the twelve.
18 Now as they sat and ate, Jesus said, “Assuredly, I say to you, one of you who eats with Me will betray Me.”
19 And they began to be sorrowful, and to say to Him one by one, “Is it I?” And another said, “Is it I?”
20 He answered and said to them, “It is one of the twelve, who dips with Me in the dish.
21 The Son of Man indeed goes just as it is written of Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had never been born.”