Exploiters vs. Embracers
Exploiters – Part 1
Scripture Reading: John 6:60-66
Key Verse: John 6:64
Yet there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him.
Webster defines the word exploit as: to make use of for one’s own ends. You probably have experienced this in some relationship. A person may befriend you, not because they like you but they see some advantage for themselves in the friendship. Maybe you find out that this person wants to sell you some product. Exploiters are people who look like they have good intentions but in reality they have ulterior motives.
Judas, one of Jesus’ followers, turned out to be an exploiter. He had worked his way into the job of the group’s treasurer. The other apostles believed in him and trusted their funds to Judas’ care. In John 6:64 we read that Jesus knew from the beginning what Judas’ motives were and that he didn’t truly believe in Jesus. Judas had missed the call—the opportunity to have his heart transformed. Judas could not take that step of faith to trust Jesus more than worldly resources.
In our scripture reading for today we see that after a teaching session many of Jesus’ followers were only there for selfish reasons. They were trying to advance themselves, not advance the cause of God’s kingdom. As we look within ourselves, we must examine our motives, making sure we don’t fall among the exploiters!
Father, I want you to examine my heart and point out any selfishness. You are worthy of complete and authentic worship. In Jesus’ name, amen.