“The Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of him: but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! good were it for that man if he had never been born.”
One of the hardest things you will have to deal with in life is when someone betrays you. Being betrayed is not done by someone you don’t know, but by someone you do know. This is what makes it so hard to deal with when someone betrays you; you thought they were with you.
One can only imagine how hard it was for Jesus to deal with Judas’ betrayal. Think about this; Jesus was the perfect leader, friend, and is the Son of God, and yet He was betrayed even though He did everything right. You must understand that it is the heart of the individual that is wrong when you are betrayed. It doesn’t matter what their excuse may be, and they will have a good one, the fact is that betraying someone is a reflection of the heart.
Sadly, many churches have been betrayed by many people who sat in their pews and said that they were one of them. Jesus gives a warning to those who betray others. He said, “…good were it for that man if he had never been born.” In other words, God doesn’t take kindly to those who would betray Him or His church. Let me take the definition of the word “betrayed” to explain to you the actions that God would not approve.
First, betraying is being disloyal. My friend, anybody can be disloyal. Remember that when you are disloyal, you identify with Lucifer who was disloyal to God in Heaven. You can be loyal if you choose to be loyal. It is always better to be loyal than to be disloyal and copy Satan’s tactics.
Second, betraying is being unfaithful. You may not have left a place because of disloyalty, but unfaithfulness to God and His church is just as bad as Judas betraying Christ. Nobody ever said that being faithful would be easy. The fact that you are faithful means that you were inconvenienced many times, but you chose to be where you were supposed to be all the time. Unfaithfulness always hurts the work of the LORD. Be where you are supposed to be and you will never hurt the work that God wants to do through you in your church.
Third, betraying means to break faith with. In other words, betraying is leaving one for another. You may think that your problem is the church you are in, but you will find that the problems you have in the church you are in will be found in the next church. The reason your problems will be found in the next church is because you are the common denominator. Leaving a church for greener grass is never the answer. The answer is getting your heart right so that God can use you. The best way to determine if changing churches is of God is by asking yourself, are you changing churches so that God can use you in a greater way, or are you changing churches so that you can be more comfortable in the other church with your lack of involvement? You are no better than Judas if you betray your church for another so that you can sit and do nothing.
My friend, betraying the church is betraying God. You had better be careful about letting God down through betrayal. When betrayal becomes a part of your life, you will find that heartache will follow. You can’t betray Christ and His church and think that everything will get better.