Scripture for Today: Matthew 26: 21-22 “And while they were eating, He said, ‘Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.’ They were very sad and began to say to Him one after the other, “Surely You don’t mean me, Lord?'”
The familiar “serenity prayer” is seen everywhere on posters, plaques and cards. It was written by Reinhold Niebuhr, a theologian, and was used in his sermons as early as 1934. But this version though similar, has a funny twist. It focuses on accepting people rather than circumstances and it concentrates on changing the only one possible; one’s self. But to do that does not only take courage and wisdom but something more. That something more is humility.
Today’s verse is part of a conversation at the Last Supper between Jesus and His disciples. He reveals that one of them will betray Him. I am amazed that each one of them ask if it could possibly be them! Of course, Judas asked it too but with a hypocritical heart as his plans were already made. How gracious it was of Jesus to give Judas that last chance to come clean and repent. He was hardened but the hearts of the others were soft and humble. Could it be me? Could I ever betray Him?
My pride shouts to me that it is always the other person that needs changing. Not me! But even when I do see that my heart is wrong, I am powerless to change anything on my own. Somehow, that resolve to be loving and gracious to that difficult person goes flying out the window the moment she walks into the room! Sincere and lasting change can only come about through the work of His Spirit.
Lord, help me see when it is me that needs changing.