WHY PICK ME? Andy Hollifield 1-23-17
I had another thought as I started writing but the more I wrote, the more strongly I felt that I was about to miss the Lord’s will. I take these posts seriously and pray daily about them. I am asking the Lord’s direction on what to write because my goal is to encourage folks and only God knows everyone’s heart and what they need. I was reading on another thought when I came across this so I hope it will help someone because it is a bible truth. I will point out the question but I absolutely don’t think anyone can possibly know the answer except that it was done just to bring about the performing of God’s will. In Luke 6:13 we read of the occasion where he picked the 12 disciples The scripture reads, “he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles;” then their names are listed. My question comes from verse 16. It is simply this; if Jesus knows all things, which he does, then why pick Judas? Do you see my dilemma? He obviously had several more disciples that he could have picked from that would have likely been faithful and true, yet he picked Judas. The only thing I can figure as I mentioned is that there had to be someone who would sell out in order to bring about God’s will. Now God could have brought about his will without having someone betray Jesus. He could have just allowed the religious leaders to have captured him. After all, when Judas betrayed him he allowed him to be taken prisoner then. So why use Judas at all? As I was writing this it dawned on me; Judas is a picture of mankind. We don’t like to think that because we all like to hate Judas for betraying our Lord. The reason I think Judas is a picture of us is because the entire plan of salvation is based on the fact that we have to make a choice of whether to accept or reject Jesus. How is our choice different from that of Judas? Truth be known, we have probably sold Jesus out and rejected him at times for a lot less than 30 pieces of silver. We have rejected him for the end of a ball game, going out with friends or family, a weekend at the lake instead of church, Wednesday night bowling, a little extra sleep, or a thousand other things that we put ahead of God. The amazing thing about Judas is that if you examine the ministry he had with Christ, it was the same part that everyone else had. When they went out two by two, Judas went with them. When they were healing people, Judas was with them. Casting out devils, Judas was there also. The other amazing thing is that he was one of the most trusted among the disciples because in John 12:6 he is called a thief yet he had the bag in which all the money that came in for the ministry was kept. What is amazing is that in John 6:70 Jesus says “… Have not I chosen you twelve, one of you is a devil?” Judas was not only a devil but controlled the finances of the entire ministry of Jesus and his disciples and Jesus knew exactly what he was! Knowing all things how could he possibly allow such a person as this to be placed in such a vital role and have that much access and responsibility?
Remember when I mentioned that we have at times sold him out for a lot less? Jesus told the Jews in John 8:42 “If God were your Father, ye would love me;…”. On down in verse 44 he told them “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do.” Where does all of that leave us? We weren’t born into this world as a saint. Now before I get too far I want to clarify something. I believe that until you reach the age of accountability, you cannot be accountable for accepting or rejecting God. I am not trying to put children and babies in hell, that belief is hogwash. A person goes to hell because they have rejected the Holy Ghost convicting power of God. The psalmist David said we are born in iniquity and conceived in sin. Our nature is against God from the time that Adam sinned in the garden. That being the case, why did the Lord pick us?
Didn’t we reject God? Didn’t he know that we would sin and come short of his glory? Romans 3:23 says “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” That proves he knew what we were when he picked us. Now I don’t mean picked as in he chose me and rejected someone else. That wouldn’t be a just God. He said in Revelation 22:17 “…And WHOSOEVER will, let him take the water of life freely.” John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Those two scriptures alone prove that he picked or chose us all and gave us the opportunity to accept or reject him just as he did to Judas. The book of 2 Peter 3:9 says “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to usward, not willing that ANY should perish, but that ALL should come to repentance.” We have all enjoyed the goodness of God in nature, in health, in family, but yet some continue to reject his offer of salvation. I am a firm believer that God in his infinite knowledge, knew before the foundation of the world that I would be in need of a Savior. He already had the plan of salvation in place just so I could be reconciled out of my sin back to his glory by the perfect shed blood of his only begotten Son. I believe based on his word, that if I had been the only human in need of a Savior, God loves me enough that he would have done it all for just me. I also believe this; if it had been you that was the only human in need of a Savior, God loves you so much he would have done it all just for you. The reason I believe that is found in Romans 5:8 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we WERE YET sinners, Christ died for us.” We didn’t have to do better, or turn over a new leaf, or be anything at all for God to pick us to love. I may not have sold him for 30 pieces of silver but I have sinned just as much and more. I am no better than Judas and probably not as good. As the apostle Paul said, I am the chiefest of sinners. God didn’t consider any of that before he picked me to love. He just wasn’t willing for me to perish but for me to come to repentance. Why pick me? He didn’t have any good reason at all. He knew what I was and picked me anyway. He knew what Judas was and picked him anyway. He gave him the same opportunity that he gave me. Judas kissed the door of heaven and went to hell. The bible records that he was sorry he took the money and tried to give it back. We have sinned and we can’t undo what we have done. All we can do is repent and turn away from our sin and accept his gift of salvation. Judas never repented to Christ. As I mentioned; Why pick me? No good reason at all. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!