Judas convinced himself that by going behind the back of someone he claimed to love and engage with Christ’s enemies that he was advancing his own, better understanding of the mission of Christ. He abandoned love, abandoned friendship, and set into motion events he never expected because he was blinded with his own selfishness and self importance. Rather than being a trusting supporter of Christ, he became an antagonist competing for a vision he never established, a mission he never truly understood, and an end result (money, status and fame) that was never part of the equation.
“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.” Matthew 7:15 NIV
Judas looked just like the other disciples but he was merely biding his time until his true self would emerge….he couldn’t help it because he never really was a true follower. This is why the Bible warns us to only invite people evenly yoked into our inner circle.
“Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?” 2 Corinthians 6:14 NIV
“Do not plow with an ox and a donkey yoked together.” Deuteronomy 22:10 NIV
I have found that very often someone close to you is only a superficial friend and confidante. These people are the whisperers, who seek to create conflict and sow seeds of discord in your inner circle. When you rely on your inner circle for advice and support this can be very dangerous. Like a Cancerous growth it must be removed before it spreads and causes total death. Loving separation is the only solution.
In business as in life it is very important that we make judgments and decisions about with whom we share our thoughts, ideas and secrets based upon real introspection, testing and time.