Lord, is it I?

And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.

 And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him,

Lord, is it I? (Matthew 26:21-22)

 

On Thursday, before Jesus was crucified on Friday, He stated that one of His apostles would betray Him.  One by one they asked the question, “Lord, is it I?”  When Judas asked the question Jesus responded, “Thou hast said.”  Judas had already conspired with the Jews (Luke 22:1-6) therefore, knowing that he was the one of whom Jesus spoke.  One would think upon hearing the accusation of Jesus that the heart of Judas would have been made heavy.  But, if Judas did sorrow it was not godly sorrow for it did not lead to repentance.

In our lives there are times in which we should ask the question: Lord, is it I? Is it I who will…?

Love or leave?

Will I love Christ or leave Christ?  This is a question which has demanded an answer since Christ came into the world. This is a decision that is made by every individual child of God.  This is not just a choice that is sporadically seen in our lives, but this is a life controlling decision.

Joshua, to the children of God, stated, “Choose you this day whom ye will serve.”  Jesus asked of His apostles, “Will you also go away?”

Throughout history the masses have chosen to leave God rather that to love Him.  To leave God, continues to be the easy, short-termed answer offered by Satan. To love God is the strait (more difficult) pathway that leads to the one true reward.

Obey or object?

Will I obey the word of God or will I object to God’s commands?  Paul wrote that children are to obey their parents (Ephesians 6:1).  The text in Ephesians 6 is addressing the physical family but the thought is also taught to the spiritual family throughout God’s word.  As children of God we are to hear and heed God’s word.

The word of God is not burdensome but is filled with grace and truth.  Each command of God is for man’s benefit not detriment.  Each command of God is to draw man closer to God.  Each command of God makes manifest the love to God for mankind.

Help or hindrance?

Will I help others to Christ or will I hinder others from seeing Christ.  Will I help others “down the aisle” or will others have to step over me?  Will I help others up or drive others down?  Will I shine light into a dark world or will I place stumbling blocks in the pathway of the blind?

Let each of us pray that we will allow God to use us as His servants and as His servants we will be “used up” in service to Him.

                                                                                                           Tim

 

 

 

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