Death #2 November 28 Prompting
In Matthew 14 we find John the Baptist arrested and thrown in jail. Herod had arrested him because John had told Herod that it was not lawful for Herod to have his brother’s wife. The story only gets stranger from here as well. At Herod’s birthday party he decrees that whatever the daughter of Herodias (Philip’s wife) wants, she could have. We see in this next piece of Scripture that Herodias quickly takes advantage of this decree.
“Prompted by her mother, she said, ‘Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a platter.’ And the king was sorry, but because of his oaths and his guests he commanded it to be given. He sent and had John beheaded in the prison, and his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother.” – Matthew 14:8-11
After being prompted by Herodias, her daughter demands the head of John the Baptist on a platter. The king had no choice but to honor the oath he made in front of all of his party guests, so he commanded the death of John the Baptist. The phrase “prompted by her mother” stood out to me in this section. Herodias’ daughter allowed her mom to influence her to do something horrible. I am sure most of us find this appalling, but the scary thing is so many of us let this happen in our lives. This story should serve as a warning to the negative influence people can have on our lives.
In my life, I have learned the truth of 1 Corinthians 15:33, “Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company ruins good morals.’” I have seen it happen in my life, and I have witnessed it ruin the lives of many other people. It is so sad when you see someone who gets wrapped up with the wrong people, and you see their relationship with God slowly disintegrate. When we think of a situation like this, most of us probably think about a student being influenced by his friends at school. However, this issue is something that affects all people in all stages of life. No one, no matter their age, is impervious to the impact their friends have in their life.
“Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” – Proverbs 13:20
We need to surround ourselves with those who are wise, and we need to seek out those people who love God with all their heart. Being around people who are truly on fire for Christ is contagious. This is one of the reasons it is so important to be involved in a gathering and attending a Growth Community. We need to constantly surround ourselves with godly people, allowing them to speak truth into our lives, stirring us up to be more like Christ. This does not mean hide from anyone who is not a Christian. It is essential that in our Christian life we are making friends with people who do not know Jesus. That is the primary way we will have opportunities to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We must be diligent to make sure that we are the ones influencing our non-Christian friends and not the other way around.