The king was distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he ordered that her request be granted and had John beheaded in the prison. His head was brought in on a platter and given to the girl, who carried it to her mother. John’s disciples came and took his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus.
Matthew 14 : 9 – 12
We make promises that we are going to do something, and there are times when we really regret making those promises. If the promise is made just to ourselves without anyone hearing, then we cannot keep it, and get away with it. If we make that promise to a group of people, there can be pressure to keep that promise, no matter how we might feel about it.
Herod, a political leader, had made a promise, and other people heard it. Other people were counting on him to deliver on what he had promised. Not only did he have pressure to deliver because he had made the promise in public, but as a political leader, he needed to keep his promise in order to still be revered, respected, liked.
Power, and the desire to be liked and to have people continue to revere you drives people to act against what we want to do. We don’t focus on what our heart is saying, but we focus on being liked, and fitting in. Jesus didn’t come to be liked, Jesus came to teach, make a difference, and to give us forgiveness. Let us not be caught up in being liked, but focus on following the examples Jesus has given us.
Prayer: Gracious God, you call us to follow you, follow your teachings, and spread your grace, love, and mercy to the corners of this world. Help us to not get caught up in pleasing people as we live our lives. Keep our eyes focused on you, and transforming this world you have given us. Amen
Action: Act from your heart, not from looking good.