change: to cause to turn or pass from one state to another; to make different; to change garments (Zechariah 3:3-5)
And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles (Luke 6:13). Out of all the disciples Jesus called, He only chose twelve of them to be apostles. Judas was one of the chosen. He didn’t choose Jesus, but Jesus chose him. Judas was a traitor (Luke 6:16). He was also a thief, but he was given the opportunity to be in charge of the money bag (John 12:6). He made many mistakes, but that didn’t make him a mistake. Why would Jesus choose him? Why would God choose any of us?
When God chooses, He doesn’t choose wrong. He has called us to change so that we can bring change to the world, but not everyone wants change. In John 6:26, we learned that a great crowd followed Him, but not everyone who followed Christ wanted Christ. Jesus answered them (the people that were looking for him) and said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, You seek me, not because you saw the miracles, but because you did eat of the loaves and were filled.”
I’ve been saved for approximately 25 years. I didn’t choose to go to church. That choice was made for me. I had to go to church every Sunday, but looking back, I see that what I had was more of a ritual than a relationship. I went to church because that’s what you did on Sundays. I was told that I needed to be saved so I got saved. I always heard preachers say, ‘Come to Jesus as you are’, but that doesn’t mean that we are to remain as we are.
After Jesus fasted forty days and nights, Satan came to him and offered him all the kingdoms of the world (Matthew 4:8). He made Judas an offer, too. Judas loved money. He was drawn away of his own lust and for thirty pieces of silver, he betrayed Jesus. There is nothing wrong with wanting nice things, but don’t lose your soul trying to gain worldly things. Don’t store up treasures on earth that moth and rust can destroy and that thieves can steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. God doesn’t want your heart to be here (earth), but He wants it to be there (heaven). Our citizenship is in heaven. We live on earth like we will live here forever, but earth is our temporary home. One day, it will pass away. The world is supposed to desire what and Who we have, but instead the church has been desiring what the world has. We have been toiling to get what has already been laid up for us by the sinner (Proverbs 13:22).
To do what he did, Judas could not have been in his right mind, but there was nothing the devil made crooked that God could not make straight. When he realized what he did to Jesus, he regretted it, repented and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, but they refused to take the money. Instead of running to God, he ran away from God. Sometimes the hardest person to forgive is you. Judas was ridden with guilt and shame. He was down and didn’t know how he could ever get back up again so he killed himself. He gave up.
Some of you may be thinking, Why did God choose me? Why didn’t He choose someone else? I think He made a mistake. I’ll never be who He called me to be. I’m always messing up. Why won’t He give up on me?
Listen. Before you were formed in your mother’s womb, God knew you. He knew His purpose and plan for your life and it shall be fulfilled. You cannot fail and you will not fail. When God made you, He made you to win. He made you to triumph. The son of perdition (Judas) was lost so that the scripture might be fulfilled, but God is not going to lose you. You are in His hand and no one will pluck you out of His hand. He placed in you gifts, the anointing and His Spirit. If you run to get away from Him, where will you go? Where can you go from His Spirit? He is in you. Where can you hide? The gifts and calling of God are without repentance. God does not change His mind about those He chooses. He is not taking back what He gave you. He still loves you. He still wants to use you. He is giving you another chance because He has a plan and you are a part of that plan, but you can’t arrive at the plan without going through the process. God is not going to change His plan for you, but He wants to change you for His plan. If you give up during the process, then that means you don’t want what God has for you. It means that you really don’t want change.
But whatever you do, don’t give up like Judas. You will reap (in due season) if you don’t faint.