Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Will you betray the Son of man with a kiss?

As I read this devotion, I thought of all those who verbally profess Christ and turn around and betray Him in how they live. Charles Spurgeon gives much to think about this day with this devotion...

"Betrayest thou the Son of Man with a kiss?"—Luke 22:48.

HE kisses of an enemy are deceitful." Let me be on my guard when the world puts on a loving face, for it will, if possible, betray me as it did my Master, with a kiss. Whenever a man is about to stab religion, he usually professes very great reverence for it. Let me beware of the sleek-faced hypocrisy which is armour-bearer to heresy and infidelity. Knowing the deceivableness of unrighteousness, let me be wise as a serpent to detect and avoid the designs of the enemy. The young man, void of understanding, was led astray by the kiss of the strange woman: may my soul be so graciously instructed all this day, that "the much fair speech" of the world may have no effect upon me. Holy Spirit, let me not, a poor frail son of man, be betrayed with a kiss!
But what if I should be guilty of the same accursed sin as Judas, that son of perdition? I have been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus; I am a member of His visible Church; I sit at the communion table: all these are so many kisses of my lips. Am I sincere in them? If not, I am a base traitor. Do I live in the world as carelessly as others do, and yet make a profession of being a follower of Jesus? Then I must expose religion to ridicule, and lead men to speak evil of the holy name by which I am called. Surely if I act thus inconsistently I am a Judas, and it were better for me that I had never been born. Dare I hope that I am clear in this matter? Then, O Lord, keep me so. O Lord, make me sincere and true. Preserve me from every false way. Never let me betray my Saviour. I do love Thee, Jesus, and though I often grieve Thee, yet I would desire to abide faithful even unto death. O God, forbid that I should be a high-soaring professor, and then fall at last into the lake of fire, because I betrayed my Master with a kiss.

from Spurgeon


Carlos said...

When so many are counting themselves among those that have no beliefs we should ask ourselves. If we who are called Christians have a relaxed attitude toward sin, what type of witness is our life to those who might be feeling convicted about their life apart from God. Do we cause them to have a reason, an excuse, to not do anything about their life because we can so easily make sin a lighthearted affair?

lyn said...

Exactly Carlos. When we view sin as no big deal, we insult a God who is holy and detests all sin. We need to have fear and reverence of God and NOT take His grace in vain.
I am currently in the middle of reading Jerry Bridge's 'the pursuit of holiness', in it he states "we abuse grace when we think we can sin and then receive forgiveness by claiming 1 John 1:9. We abuse grace, when, after sinning, we dwell upon the compassion and mercy of God to the exclusion of His holiness and hatred of sin".

Thanks for the comment