In reading this morning, I read...
Matthew 27:1 When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death:
Matthew 27:2 And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.
Matthew 27:3 Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,
Matthew 27:4 Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.
Matthew 27:5 And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.
These scriptures give us a snapshot into that last few minutes or hours of the life of Judas. Perhaps, you are wondering where I am going with this thought, but I believe that there is a definite leadership lesson here.
First, Judas was a leader that was hand chosen by God as one of the twelve disciples. He obviously had qualities and talents that made him someone that God knew that he could use to further the gospel. In looking at Judas, we see something that has plagued Judas and every leader since...LEADERS MAKE MISTAKES.
There I said it...I make mistakes, but those that consider themselves leaders will also make mistakes. Our ability to overcome our mistakes and move on while learning is a quality that Judas did not possess although we see it very clearly in Peter.
It is imperative that we as leaders recover while paying the consequences of our actions. Perhaps, we need to repent to God and to any other that we may have offended, but it is important that our mistakes do not define us.
It is also imperative that as leaders that we do not quickly point out the shortcomings of others. Simply, a critical spirit is not of God and cannot be tolerated in the church. Leadership is a balancing act of using the skills and talents of those that are subordinate so that the mission can be accomplished. This can be difficult and sometimes missteps are made. It is at this time that a Christian is supportive through prayer and encouraging words.
Judas had an opportunity to repent. I believe that Judas could have stood with the others on the day of Pentecost, but he could not forgive himself and chose suicide. This is a tragic story because the Bible states...
Psalms 106:1 Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.