“It’s not about doing. It’s about becoming. Becoming more like Christ.
Author of “In His Image”
I hate admitting this. But I am lazy with my daily scripture reading. I use the New Testament in One Year reading plan on the Bible Gateway app. It’s usually a passage or two. I know I could be delving into his Word a lot more. But I make excuses and don’t. Thankfully God is so much bigger than my excuses and he chose to help me see something with new eyes this morning.
While I was reading today this highlighted part of the passage really stood out to me. Acts 12.
King Herod of the New Testament was a man that did things to please people. The evil things he did was always to please others so that he looked favorable among them. This was paramount to Herod because he saw himself as God. And that’s what ultimately ended his life. He didn’t even die of his own accord. God waited to kill him when Herod could not take any of the glory himself.
“…And the people were shouting. “The voice of a god, and not of a man!” Immediately an angel of the Lord struck him down, because he did not give God the glory and he was eaten by worms and breathed his last.”
But… it continues.
“But the word of God increased and multiplied.”
Ultimately, Gods glory will always outshine any man-made ones.
This made me think of how I do things to please people. To look a certain way to them. God has put this verse in my heart lately as I’ve come to realize this. Psalm 139. The title of David’s song being, “Search Me, O God, and Know My Heart.”
It’s a prayer I pray often. God reminds me over and over again that I must check my intention for doing things, anything. Even the things that people may deem, “good or acceptable” We live in a country and time filled with immense opportunity. But not all opportunities should be taken.
I have a lot of opportunities that come my way. Because I am an activist who also happens to be in the public eye, people have their own goals and visions for me. Not saying those goals are bad. But they may not be right for me. Most importantly, they may not always be right for the cause I so adamantly advocate-the second amendment.
1 Corinthians 10:23
“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything” — but not everything is constructive.
Going back to scripture, I am reminded that King Herod has always had a track record of living for others. In the Gospel, King Herod beheaded John the Baptist because he didn’t want to look foolish among the leaders at a party. The passage says that among him were “military commanders and the leading men of Galilee.” Furthermore, King Herod became so lustfully consumed with a girl (when the Bible calls someone a girl then that only gives credence to how young she was) that he offered to give up anything, even up to half his kingdom to please her.
He made a promise that he soon regretted. King Herod was consistently led not by the Holy Spirit but by lustful perversion and the whims, emotions and public opinion of Men.
As you go about your day, I want you to reflect with me and consider if you are being led by people’s opinions of you or (if you are a Christian) by the Holy Spirit? If you are not a Christian, then I want you to think about who God is to you. The most important question one can ask themselves.
King Herod saw himself as God. And he lived life for himself. What pleased others made him look more like a God in their eyes.
The beginning of wisdom begins with God and your understanding of him. Who is He to you? And are you closer to King Herod than you think?
Who do you you aim to please?