KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 14:9 KJV. And the king was sorry: nevertheless, for the oath’s sake, and them which sat with him at meat, he commanded it to be given her.
King Herod made a very outrageous promise to the daughter of Herodias. He promised with an oath that he would give her whatever she would ask. How could he have made such a ridiculous promise? Who can do whatever a man may ask? Only God can do such a thing. This is a clear example of seeking to please men at the expense of the glory of God. Secondly when Herodias daughter asked for the head of John the Bible remarked of two reasons why he agreed to kill John. Firstly, because of the oath and secondly because of the fear or the honor he wanted from the people who were with him.
What caused Herod to act so callously? The root cause of seeking men’s praise come from an inner hidden pride. The above example is not limited only to the unregenerate men, like king Herod, but even to Christians, if not checked. Apostle Paul states he who pleases men is not a servant of God. Gal 1:10 KJV “For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ”. One could unconsciously become a men pleaser focusing on himself rather than Christ.
HOW do we prevent this from overtaking us? We must take time to examine ourselves and our motives in particular. We must consciously acknowledge the Lordship of Jesus and keep prompting ourselves that, life is about pleasing the Lord Jesus and not ourselves. The man who seeks the praise of men is not a servant of Christ. This person can even miss his eternal home with the Lord if he does not repent. In Rev 21:8 the Lord talked about the fearful people who would have their place in the lake of fire. The fearful among other things are basically men PLEASERS.
Thank you, heavenly Father, for the grace to yield to the voice of the Holy Spirit and to always place the glory and praise of Christ paramount. I receive the ability never to fear the faces of men, but to only honor Christ and His word in my life.
Revelation 21:8 KJV. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
Galatians 2:12 KJV “For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision”.