Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Acts 12:18-25

Our reading today, regarding the death of Herod, has an extremely strong message for us all. It has to do with sin and judgment.

Many heathen princes claimed divine honors. However, it is a far more irreverent act in Herod's case to accept such honors without rebuking the blasphemy. After all, Herod knew the word of, and worshipped, God. So why would he do it?

In our reading today we see Herod being pompous and puffed with pride. Herod lets his emotions and the circumstances get the best of him. In verse 22 when the people called him a god he took it all in and probably enjoyed the moment. Herod commits a sin of pride. Pride is a serious sin that can distort one's ability to think clearly and to live in the will of God. Herod thinks too much of himself and loses the perspective of God's law.

Pride can do this to any of us. When we get too full of ourselves our mind focuses more and more of its energy on our self. As the mind focuses more inwardly, it loses the ability to focus outwardly. Two of the commandments that Jesus gave us are to love God with all our heart, mind, and soul, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. Jesus demonstrated leadership by serving others. Pride destroys our ability to follow the teachings of Jesus.

God chose to punish Herod immediately for his sin of pride. Just because God has not chosen to punish us immediately does not mean He did not notice. God does not immediately punish all sin but He has promised to bring us all to judgment one day.

Our reading today is about the sin of pride, but it is applicable to any sin. Sin can keep any of us from fulfilling God's plan for our life. Accept Jesus Christ's offer of help and forgiveness today. No one can afford to wait.

Wishing you much success in your walk with Christ,
Richard Leach

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