But Jesus said, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?” Luke 22:48
How could you, Judas? How could you betray my Jesus? We would ask this question with a mixture of hurt, shock and disgust that someone so close to our Lord and Saviour could turn around and expose Him to his enemies, resulting in His eventual crucifixion.
We know that the crucifixion needed to happen in order that Scriptures would be fulfilled… but that does not make us feel any better about Judas’ act of treachery.
Upon further study of the word “to betray”, I was able to see that it not only means “to expose to the enemy” or “to deceive, misguide” but also “to be unfaithful in guarding, maintaining, or fulfilling” .
All of a sudden, the “How could you, Judas?” became a very crystal clear “how many times have I…”
I’d be lying if I said there were not times where my “kisses” of service betrayed Jesus due to my religious formalities but no heart connection. Could the excuses I have made for not being regular in the Christian disciplines of prayer, the reading of God’s Word and the application of it to my life, be seen as unfaithfulness?
And there should be no distinction for the Christian between service within the walls of a church building and service elsewhere, including the work environment. God holds us to a high standard whereever we operate. Ephesians 6:7 tells us, “Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.“In the 2014-2015 Global Competitiveness Report, published by the World Economic Forum, Barbados ranked Number 55 out of 144 the world.
In a survey conducted to support that report, it showed that the majority of respondents cited “inefficient government bureaucracy” and “poor work ethic in national labour force” as the top two problematic factors for doing business in the country. These factors are not unique to us. They can be found in the most progressive of countries. But it matters to us when we experience negligible growth in excess of five years, when persons are loosing jobs and when youth unemployment is at a critical high, creating a bucketful of social problems.
As believers within the workplace, are you faithfully carrying out your duties or is your work ethic poor and impacting on the country’s economic performance.
Remember, unfaithfulness is also betrayal.