I believe it’s extremely painful for any parent to struggle while raising a child, for the child to abandon them later on in life. I know we’ve heard real-life stories of how old aged parents are struggling with abject poverty back in the village, while their children are living lavishly in the city. It’s sad, I call it dishonor and betrayal of the highest degree.
Using the above illustration of how children can turn their backs on their parents due to temporary pleasures, the same happened to Jesus.
Matthew 26:15-16-Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?” And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver. So from that time he sought opportunity to betray Him.
Jesus had poured all that was within him to his disciples, he was such a profound teacher, he loved them unconditionally but one of His disciples could not handle himself from a temporal satisfaction for money. Judas Iscariot traded a whole lifetime investment for temporal pleasure. His love for money was the root cause of trading his loyalty and his anointing as a disciple.
Do you know the love of temporal pleasures can tempt any believer to fall into temptations, they can walk away from the faith that channeled their blessings in spite of all the experiences they have encountered in God! We all know what transpired to Judas after he betrayed Jesus. Temporal pleasures will never amount to any productivity or genuine satisfaction in life.
I would like to challenge all of us including me, to be so grounded in God that nothing or anybody can draw us away from Him. He is our 1st love, our redeemer, our savior and only in Him we should draw our satisfaction from. God invested so much in you while creating you, He desires you to see beyond the temporal pleasures and focus on eternity in mind.
As you have therefore received Christ, (even) Jesus the Lord, (so) walk (regulate your lives and conduct yourselves) in union with and conformity to Him.Have the roots (of your being) firmly and deeply planted (in Him, fixed and founded in Him), being continually built up in Him, becoming increasingly more confirmed and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and abounding and overflowing in it with thanksgiving..