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"What I Want to Want"Stuart JonesRegardless of how much or how little time you’ve spent in church, you probably know this story. Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over. (Matthew 26:14-16 NIV) What could Judas have possibly been thinking? He had followed Jesus for three years. He had witnessed the miracles, heard the teachings, seen the crowds, and enjoyed the fellowship. After all of the experiences, why would he choose a path that would make his name synonymous with betrayal two thousand years later? Maybe it was greed. Judas saw a chance to cash in. Maybe it was envy. Judas saw in Jesus a life he knew was far beyond his reach. Maybe it was timing. Judas saw a way to force Jesus to assume His role as king. The specifics are open to speculation. The concept is clear. Judas chose to quit following Jesus. He decided that his way was the better way. His agenda was the better agenda. Following Jesus doesn’t keep us from facing choices. Eventually, our agenda will clash with Jesus’ agenda. What will you choose?