30 pieces.

They’ve been with Him through thick and thin, have travelled with Him for years. They’ve seen miracle after miracle, have witnessed His awesome transfiguration, have seen Him calm seas and feed thousands and speak to God. They’ve given everything up for Him – jobs, families, inheritances, pedigrees, position. And they know scripture – and are witnessing first-hand the fulfillment of prophecy after prophecy.

And yet, when He says one of them will betray Him, they ALL ask “Could it be me?”
I follow Jesus, share Jesus, have defended Him, have witnessed miracles – I am amazed, I am humbled, I am honored. Christ is life in my veins. Yet, I know I’m perfectly capable of denying Him. I’ve proven my ability to ignore Him, to allow my passion to ebb and flow. I’ve shredded my faith, and have diluted His power in my life. I’ve worked diligently to create a non-offensive Gospel. And I’ve thought about walking away.
Thirty pieces of silver. Enough to buy a nice home with a barn and some livestock on a good piece of land. Enough to make this life pretty comfortable – no more traveling, no more wondering where the next meal might come from, no more wild stormy nights sleeping on boats, pushing through crowds, dealing with the harsh remarks of people in authority. Enough to settle down, maybe get married, have kids. For Judas, that was enough.
What would my 30 pieces of silver be? What would yours be?
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About Ronne Rock

Ronne Rock’s heart finds its strongest beat where beauty and pain collide – because hope always finds us in the shattered places. There’s more than 30 years of marketing and communications experience in her bones, and she finds great joy in sharing leadership wisdom as a regular contributor to Orange Leaders and QARA. But more often than not these days, she's with the vulnerable in difficult places around the world, gathering stories that change stories. Find Ronne's words in "For You, Love" the prayer journal that invites you to respond, and in Everbloom, a collection of stories from the Redbud Writers Guild. She is currently writing, "Building Eden: Principles of a Grace-Filled Leadership that Restores and Redeems." 

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