Don’t be like Herod

Have you ever had a particular sin that  you knew about, and heard preaching about, but never did anything about? It’s a common problem among Christians to realize their sin, and then not remove it from their lives. In fact, if you have this problem, you and king Herod have something in common.

King Herod lived a long long time ago in Israel. (See Mark 6) John the Baptist preached against Herod’s wicked lifestyle, and Herod would listen to his preaching. The Bible actually tells us that Herod heard John gladly. Do you know what that means? Herod was kinda like the guy sitting front row, yellin’ “Preach it, Pastor!” or “Amen!”

The interesting thing is that the Bible never mentions Herod ever changing his lifestyle of lust. In the end, Herod’s lustful desires led him to making a foolish vow. And that vow caused him to be forced to give the order to behead the preacher that he loved to hear so much.

Now your sin probably won’t bring you to the point of killing you pastor, but it will make you act in ways contrary to the cause of Christ. Every moment unconfessed sin remains in our life, it brings us farther from the path of light, and closer to destruction.

James 1 says, “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.”

Think about that. What’s the point of looking in the mirror if you ignore what you see? What’s the point of recognizing your sin if you refuse to change? Let us not be like the foolish man who is only a hearer. Let us hear and obey. God promises a blessing to those who do.

“But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”