You can’t win them all – part 2

There are people with seemingly good intentions outwardly but inwardly have an ulterior motive.

This is often the case when someone places their own needs, desires, and agenda above that of others. I’ve noticed this with a few “giveaways” on the web these days.

They advertise you can sign up to win a prize. When you click the link you are required to give your name and email address – not a problem. After you do and click submit, you are required to sign up for their service, magazine, or membership, at a cost, before you can precede for the “free giveaway”.

Their intention was not to giveaway that item but to make a sale.

Six days before Passover, Jesus and disciples are eating at a home in Bethany. Present are Lazarus, Mary, and Martha.

Mary takes a very costly, very fragrant perfume and anoints Jesus’ feet and wipes them with her hair.

But one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, who would betray Him, said, “Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the money box; and he used to take what was put in it. John 12:4-6

According to Matthew and Mark, the other disciples also joined in with Judas with deriding Mary on her wasteful act.

Judas’ intentions were not pure but self-centered. He wanted the proceeds from the sale of the perfume put into the disciple treasury where he would have control over it.

Again it proves that although Judas has been with Jesus and has witnessed the miracles, heard the teaching, and shared in the ministry – he has not changed. Even worse, he has influenced the other disciples around him with his bitter poison.

Don’t allow the motives of others to influence the work of the Holy Spirit in your life.

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