In Leadership, There Will Always Be A Possibility To Experience Betrayal, It Is Part Of The Risk When We Confide In Others!
Leadership Principles In The Book Of Acts
“Men and brethren, this Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus;
Acts 1:16 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
Acts 1:16 (NLT) — 16 “Brothers,” he said, “the Scriptures had to be fulfilled concerning Judas, who guided those who arrested Jesus. This was predicted long ago by the Holy Spirit, speaking through King David.
Acts 1:16 (NIV) — 16 and said, “Brothers and sisters, the Scripture had to be fulfilled in which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through David concerning Judas, who served as guide for those who arrested Jesus.
Acts 1:16 (MSG) — 16 — “Friends, long ago the Holy Spirit spoke through David regarding Judas, who became the guide to those who arrested Jesus.
Development Of The Leadership Principle:
The Lord Jesus chose his disciples; they were the ones who were going to take the ministry towards fulfilling the mission. Each one of them was called by Jesus with a purpose and a destiny.
In Mark 3:14–15 it tells us, “Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach, and to have power to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons:”
The apostles had the privilege of walking with the Lord daily, what a unique privilege to learn directly from the Master!
To be able to see firsthand with their own eyes the miracles and wonders that Jesus was doing.
To not only observe, but have the opportunity to do ministry and participate in the apostolic ministry.
I ask myself, who wouldn’t take care of this privilege? Who wouldn’t honor this opportunity that very few men had?
To be called personally by Jesus to serve alongside of him.
There was one called Judas who lost this privilege, he betrayed Jesus, and permitted the enemy to fill his heart.
In John 6:70–71 it tells us, “Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?” 71 He spoke of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, for it was he who would betray Him, being one of the twelve.”
Instead of fulfilling his ministry, Judas ended up being an instrument of evil!
In these verses we see how our Lord Jesus Christ was betrayed by one of his own disciples.
This was prophesied beforehand by the Psalmist David centuries before. Judas with a kiss led the soldiers, surrendering Jesus! In Mathew 26:48-50 it tells us, Now His betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him.” 49 Immediately he went up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed Him. 50 But Jesus said to him, “Friend, why have you come?” Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and took Him.
Betrayal is heartbreaking, after walking beside Jesus for so long, Judas decided to be unfaithful and disloyal.
Luke 22:48 (RVR60) — 48 But Jesus said to him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”
In Psalms 55:12–13 it tells us how difficult it is to understand betrayal from someone so close, “For it is not an enemy who reproaches me; Then I could bear it. Nor is it one who hates me who has exalted himself against me; Then I could hide from him. 13 But it was you, a man my equal, My companion and my acquaintance.
Judas allowed the enemy fill his heart and himself be used as an instrument of evil.
From being an apostle chosen by the Lord who ended up being unfaithful, a son of corruption, disappointing the One who believed in him.
His story could’ve been different, but the bible teaches us that Judas permitted the enemy to use him to betray Jesus.
This betrayal didn’t come from outside, but it came from his own intimate circle!
The enemy used one of Jesus’s disciples to fulfill his plan.
Judas left a very sad legacy, his end was devastating and shameful. Instead of ending with a legacy that would give honor and glory to God, his life is remembered as a traitor, one who sowed for his own flesh and ended up reaping corruption.
As it tells us, Galatians 6:7–8, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.”
Everything that was left of his betrayal was a land bought by the coins he received for having turned in the master. That is where he died, a place called Field of Blood.
What a waste of life, a great failure. Judas failed in fulfilling his destiny and purpose. Instead of being an instrument of justice, he ended up being an instrument of evil.
His life was one of corruption; his heart was filled with wickedness and evil.
From the outside, he seemed like a true disciple of Jesus, but on the inside he had a seed of corruption.
On the outside he looked like a sheep, but in his heart, he was a wolf as it warns us in Mathew 7:15-16, ““Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?”
What a great lesson for us, those that God has chosen and called.
For this reason we should take care of accomplishing God’s purpose and his divine will by not allowing anyone or anything to distract us!
What happened to Judas should serve as a warning for us today.
Judas had all the opportunities, the great privileges to serve beside our Lord Jesus Christ, but he abandoned it and ended his life being a traitor.
From this lesson, we must learn not to fall into the same error.
In Hebrews 3:12 it tells us, “Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God;”
May our prayer be to remain loyal and faithful, that we would be able to accomplish the ministry and calling God has commissioned us with.
Loyalty is necessary in the life of every leader, without it we will fall in the danger of betrayal!
Loyalty is a unique quality in ministry, to be able to serve those that the Lord has put to instruct us and in a position of leadership over our lives.
When a leader is loyal, he is determined to never turn their back, to support and honor with gratitude those people that God has used in their walk with the Lord.
It is a virtue, a determination to maximum faithfulness to which God has called us to be, loyal to God, to ministry, and to the leadership God has put over our lives!
Let us pray that we would have the firmness and perseverance that Acts 20:24 teaches us, “But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.”
Today we can guard our heart to avoid ending up the same way Judas did. Our legacy should be one that glorifies God and brings glory to his name.
We must be sure our lives are an example that others can follow.
That we will sow a good seed in this life, to later achieve to see fruit in 30, 60, and 100 percent.
Because at the end of the day we will have to give account to God, he who knows our hearts and our thoughts. For this reason we should do things with the right motives, to be sure that our walk will give fruit that pleases God.
Let us never forget that Judas served, he was one of the twelve apostles, he participated in the entire ministry of Jesus, but at the end, he was a doer of evil! Let us remember what Mathew 7:22-23 tells us, “Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’”
Foundational Scriptures of the Principle:
John 18:3-9 (NKJV) — 3 Then Judas, having received a detachment of troops, and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, came there with lanterns, torches, and weapons. 4 Jesus therefore, knowing all things that would come upon Him, went forward and said to them, “Whom are you seeking?” 5 They answered Him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said to them, “I am He.” And Judas, who betrayed Him, also stood with them. 6 Now when He said to them, “I am He,” they drew back and fell to the ground. 7 Then He asked them again, “Whom are you seeking?” And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.” 8 Jesus answered, “I have told you that I am He. Therefore, if you seek Me, let these go their way,” 9 that the saying might be fulfilled which He spoke, “Of those whom You gave Me I have lost none.”
Luke 22:48 (NKJV) — 48 But Jesus said to him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”
Psalm 55:12-15 (NKJV) — 12 For it is not an enemy who reproaches me; Then I could bear it. Nor is it one who hates me who has exalted himself against me; Then I could hide from him. 13 But it was you, a man my equal, My companion and my acquaintance. 14 We took sweet counsel together, And walked to the house of God in the throng. 15 Let death seize them; Let them go down alive into hell, For wickedness is in their dwellings and among them.
Psalm 41:9 (NKJV) — 9 Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted, Who ate my bread, Has lifted up his heel against me.
John 17:12 (NKJV) — 12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.
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