Leaving a Legacy Ministries with Codi Gandee

Using the Word to Encourage Others





Mark 14:10-11

Convenience stores…Fast food drive-thrus…escalators eliminate the inconvenience of walking up stairs…

We live in a society where we try to make everything convenient for ourselves. So much so that having to prepare an envelope to mail out a bill becomes a hassle for some people.

So my question is: has convenience led us to become an inefficient people for Christ?

Here’s what I mean: have you denied the leading of the Holy Spirit simply because it wasn’t convenient for you to do so at the time?

Within the book of Mark the Bible speaks of a man that was concerned with convenience: Judas Iscariot.

The betrayer of Jesus. The one that the devil entered into. The man that ended up taking his own life.

I encourage you to evaluate where you stand with The Lord. Are you lacking effort in your relationship with Jesus? If so I encourage you to deny your flesh the option of convenience and get to work for your Lord.



Matthew 20:28

Matthew 27:3-5

The bag that they handed Judas was heavy.

Immediately he probably felt a bit of hope or relief. “Maybe” he thought, “maybe they decided to give me more than just thirty pieces of silver. Maybe conspiring against Jesus will be worth it after all.”

But just as quickly as the thought came the moment of hope was diminished. Because in his heart, without even opening the bag, he knew that no amount of money could ever make up for the guilt he felt.

Sickeningly he opened the bag. He fell to his knees as the silver spilled on the ground. Reality dawned on him. This was the price that he put on his soul.

He ran back to the chief priests and begged for them to take back the money…for Jesus to be released.

They all but laughed in his face. Judas’ soul was just the means to their goal.

Judas was helpless. In an angry tirade he threw the money in the temple. Coins scattered everywhere. People stopped to stare. But he was oblivious to it all. Shock and regret poured over him.

Life as he knew it was over.

In hatred and remorse he hung himself.

I took a little bit of liberty in retelling the story of Judas’ betrayal. But can’t you imagine that those emotions were probably real? Maybe you’ve experienced them yourself?

The sickness that a believer feels when they betray their Jesus is enough to make us want to hole up never to be found again.

And that’s exactly where Satan would have you to stay.

But instead of hiding from Jesus run to Him.

He is waiting.

He has already put a price on your soul and paid it in full on the cross of Calvary all of those years ago.

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