In this post, we are going to look at the 10 major life lessons from Judas Iscariot we can learn from as believers so that we don’t end up in the same predicament he did.
Judas Iscariot was one of Jesus’s twelve disciples. He betrayed Jesus to the Romans, so he could collect thirty pieces of silver due to the love of money in his heart that the bible consistently warns us about in 1 Timothy 6:10 in the new testament.
Our Lord Jesus Christ had a lot of compassion for people and would often help them out. He touched lepers, healed people with diseases, and fed thousands with just a few loaves and fishes (Matthew 14:14-21).
But Judas only cared about getting money in his pockets and had no interest in serving Jesus Christ with all his heart like the rest of his 11 disciples. He was only with Jesus Christ because of the financial benefit he could get from Him.
Judas Iscariot stole from God when he betrayed Christ Jesus by handing him over to be crucified. He later committed suicide after betraying Christ. This is what the love of money can do to a person if not taken care of.
As believers, we must be careful not to allow the love of money to enter our hearts lest it ruin our Christian faith as it’s done to many and end up in perdition the way Juda Iscariot did.
With that said, let’s look at the 10 main life lessons from Judas Iscariot which will save as a warning to every believer who chooses to love money more than God.
10 Lessons From Judas Iscariot.
Below are the 10 lessons from Judas Iscariot that will remind you that you can’t serve two masters at the same time as a believer who professes the Christian faith.
- You Can’t Serve Two Masters.
- Anyone Can Fall From Grace.
- Sin Always Has Consequences.
- Professing Christ Doesn’t Mean You Are Truly His.
- Anyone Can End Up Like Him.
- There Is Room For Repentance.
- The Love Of Money Always Has Consequences.
- Be Careful Whom You Befriend.
- Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover.
- Only Jesus Christ Can Be Trusted.
1. You Can’t Serve Two Masters.
One of the key life lessons we can learn from Judas Iscariot is that we can’t serve two masters at the same time. This is the same statement Jesus Christ echoed in Matthews 6:24-34.
Judas Iscariot loved money more than Jesus Christ who could grant him salvation and eternal life that the money he loved and betrayed our Master for couldn’t give him. It’s why he was able to betray Christ just for just 30 pieces of perishable silver coins.
This should serve a big lesson to you as well if you profess to be a Christian that you can’t serve both God and mammon and the people who have tried to do so have wrecked their faith and are no longer walking with the Lord anymore.
2. Anyone Can Fall From Grace.
Another key takeaway we can get from Judas Iscariot is that anyone can fall from grace, especially if the love of money hasn’t been dealt with in a person.
Judas Iscariot fell from grace despite being so close to Jesus Christ due to the love of money in his heart He didn’t take care of.
This is why the apostle Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 10:12 that if we think we are standing, we must take heed, lest we fall the way Judas did. By taking heed, it means we must be careful not to allow anything such as money makes us backslide.
3. Sin Always Has Consequences.
The other life lesson we can get from the tragic life and end of the life of Judas Iscariot is that sin always has consequences considering the sin of betrayal he committed, which led him to commit suicide.
In Romans 6:23, we are told that the wages of sin is death and Judas got what he deserved after he betrayed our Master. If he repented of his betrayal, he could have been forgiven.
Therefore, if you have any sin in your life, make sure you repent of it before you end up like Judas Iscariot as well who’s in hell right now because of the 30 pieces of silver he betrayed Christ for.
4. Professing Christ Doesn’t Mean You Are Truly His.
Form the life of Judas Iscariot, we can also see that just because we claim to profess Christ in our lives doesn’t mean we truly know Him nor are truly His as Judas proved.
Even if Judas Iscariot was with Jesus Christ all the time physically, his heart was completely far away from Him because if he was a true disciple of Christ, He wouldn’t have betrayed Him.
This is the case with many so-called Christians who profess Christ with their lips but their hearts are far away from Him and deny Him in their works (Titus 1:16).
5. Anyone Can End Up Like Him.
The story of Judas Iscariot betraying Jesus Christ for 30 pieces of silver to the chief priests and the Pharisees clearly shows us that anyone can fall from grace and end up like him.
In fact, there are many believers who were once strong in the Lord but are nowhere to be seen today because they allowed the love of money in their lives to make them betray Christ and sell out their birthright money cannot buy.
If you are not careful, you as well will end up like him if especially if you let the love of money creep into your Christian life and wreck your faith as it has done to many as 1 Timothy 6:10 tells us who have followed a similar path.
6. There Is Room For Repentance.
Even though Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus Christ, there was still room for repentance for him if he confessed his sin of betrayal and showed true remorse for the grievous sin he committed.
Sadly, even if he showed remorse after betraying Christ as we see in Matthews 27:1-5, he didn’t have a repentant heart but instead went on to commit suicide. Thus sealing his eternal fate and doom in hell forever.
Nevertheless, the good news I have for you dear is that you don’t have to end up like Judas Iscariot and there is still room for forgiveness for your sins if you genuinely come to the Lord in repentance and godly sorrow.
7. The Love Of Money Always Has Consequences.
Judas’s betrayal of Christ and his tragic death after that shows that the love of money which is the root of all evil will always have deadly consequences if not repented of.
1 Timothy 6:10 already warns us that if we have the love of money in our hearts, it’s just a matter of time before we drift away from our faith and betray Jesus Christ as well us because of the money of this world.
So, if you still have the love of money in your heart, you need to repent of it today before it ruins and wrecks your life as it did to Judas Iscariot without any remedy.
8. Be Careful Whom You Befriend.
Another important life lesson we can get from Judas Iscariot is that we need to be careful whom we befriend these days because there are many Judas Iscariots out there who will only befriend you if you have money and will betray you for it.
This is especially relevant if you are in ministry as not everyone, who joins your ministry will join you for the right reasons. If you are been called to ministry, I am sure you can relate to what I am saying.
The psalmist David in the Old Testament also had his own Judas Iscariots who turned against him which is why he said in Psalms 41:9 that even his close friends have betrayed him and turned against him this is why you must not trust humans as they change on a whim.
9. Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover.
The life of Judas Iscariot also reminds us that we must not judge the book by its cover. Outwardly, Judas Iscariot looked like one of the chosen 12 disciples of Jesus Christ.
However, the bible tells us in John 12:6 that Judas was a thief and a betrayer who was only with Christ Jesus for the money.
In like manner, there are many such fake Christians in the church today who outwardly look to be like God’s chosen one but in reality, are not. I hope you are not such a person because if you are, you are just lying to yourself as God knows those who are truly His.
10. Only Jesus Christ Can Be Trusted.
Last but not least, the betrayal of our Lord Jesus Christ by Judas Iscariot shows us that you cannot safely trust any human being, no matter how trustworthy they may seem outward.
You need to understand that any person can betray you and I am sure you have been betrayed before by someone you considered a very close friend, which left you with a devastating heartbreak.
This is why Psalms 118:8 tells us that it’s better to trust the Lord than to trust man as man can betray you at any moment’s notice when you least expect it.
I hope the above 10 life lessons from Judas Iscariot have helped pick one or two things above so that you don’t end up like him. In closing, if this post, has benefitted you greatly, let me know in the comments below, and don’t forget to share before you leave. Godspeed.
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