“What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty silver coins.” – Matthew 26:15
I stood in my dark bedroom as the lightening flashed across the sky. My first guitar strapped around my shoulders as I slid my fingers up and down a new set of strings that I had just finished putting on. I had recently received my guitar and I knew I needed to practice, practice and practice to be good, but I just didn’t want to be good. I wanted to be great!
I wanted to be so great that people would pack out arenas to listen to my band play and teenage boys would hang on every note that I played on the fretboard. I wanted to hear the sound of the crowd roar as the lights went out and they began to chant “One more song!” I wanted to be famous and for people to want to be around me. I wanted to be a rockstar!
Standing there in the dark bedroom I imagined as if I was standing on stage strumming before thousands of screaming fans. I imagined putting my foot up on the monitor and slashing through a solo that would cause guitar magazines to plant my face on the cover of their latest issue. A huge bolt of lightening flashed across the sky and the clap of the thunder brought me back to reality.
I wanted, and sometimes still desire, to be rich and famous. I want people to think I’m hip and cool. I want to be quoted in magazines and for people to ask for my autograph, but at what cost?
At what cost am I willing to sacrifice my personal life, time with my family and most of all my relationship with Christ. It was a sobering thought when I realized that I’d never be a famous rockstar and it was even more sobering when I realized that I was okay with that. That I was okay with being used by God with no ulterior desires of being rich and famous.
If you could have all the riches in the world or all the fame and recognition of someone famous…what would you be willing to give up?
Judas betrayed the Savior of the world for 30 silver coins. Looking at the decision Judas made we can easily say “I’d never do that,” but maybe it isn’t 30 silver coins. Maybe instead it is a brand new Mercedes parked in the driveway. Maybe instead it is a house that has more bedrooms, bathrooms and square footage than the average hotel.
What in your life is something that you’ve always wanted that you could be tempted into giving everything over for? For me the temptation would be my mountain of student loan debt or even a fancy house furnished with furniture.
Comment the things that could be tempting enough for you to give up some of the major things in your life: Your faith, time with your family or even your health. Like I said for me it’d be my student loan debt. If someone came along and said they’d give me a job that involved traveling 90% of time, but they’d pay off my student loan debt just for working for a year…it would be tempting to give up time with my family to get out from under Sallie Mae.