Have you ever wondered why Judas was selected as one of Jesus’ 12 disciples? Jesus is all knowing. Why would He select someone who was a thief, to have the privilege of being one of the selected few men in His inner circle and crucial ministry? Not only was Judas one of only 12 disciples, but he was the treasurer for the group.
The one who could not be trusted was put in charge of the money. The one who would betray Jesus, was allowed to walk with Him daily, as He walked out His ministry here on earth.
Jesus was kind and inclusive of Judas, even though He knew Judas would be a part of the plan to get Him to the cross.
Sometimes God allows snakes to be in our mist, because they too have a part to play in our lives.
Jesus’ mission on earth was to preach the gospel to the poor, heal the brokenhearted, preach deliverance to the captives, make the blind to see, set the oppressed free, and to preach the acceptable year of the Lord (Luke 4:18-19).
In order to complete His mission on earth, He also had to give up His life for the salvation of mankind. It had to be someone close to Jesus, to be in the position to betray Him and offer Him up. Judas was just playing his part!
Sometimes we have to be lied on, used, abused, mistreated or betrayed to get us to our destiny.
This reminds me of Joseph’s story. Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers, lied on by Potiphar’s wife, and landed in jail. As painful as it was, all of these things had to happen to get him to his destiny.
Joseph had a destiny to become second in command in Egypt, in order to save lives including his own family. The brothers needed to sell him into slavery, and Potiphar’s wife needed to lie on him, to get him to the position where he could meet Pharaoh.
Romans 8:28 KJV says “And we know that ALL things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.”
In Genesis 50:20, Joseph let his brothers know that even though they meant it for evil purposes, God used their dirty deeds for His good!
So that classmate, co-worker or family member that you know can’t be trusted, but you can’t remove them from your life, just know that God has a part for them to play in your story of life, but He is working it all out for your good!
For further reading, check out John 12: 1-11 NIV