Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty silver coins. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over. (Mt. 26:14-16, NIV)
Money was not the only thing that motivated Judas in his decision to betray Jesus. But apparently it was a factor. For the right price, he’d be willing to hand Jesus over. The chief priests offered that price and the deal was sealed.
Our checkbooks (or credit card statements) reveal a lot about our spiritual lives. For this prayer experience, find a recent bank or credit card statement. Lay your hand on it and pray, asking God to help you to see what is recorded there through His eyes. Then slowly, prayerfully consider each expenditure. What does each one say about what is important to you?
Is there anything you noticed that you would like to change? Is there anything you need to confess? Is there anything that gives you joy? Tell the Lord about it. Where you wish to change, ask for His help—spending habits are a matter of the heart, and heart transformation is not possible on our own. We need the Holy Spirit’s help—which He is only too glad to offer.
Then ask God to show you one step you can take this coming week to use money in a way that reflects His life in you. Don’t be surprised if you experience joy, peace, freedom—or all of these—as you follow through. That is the way it works in God’s kingdom.