“Glory to God in the Highest,” Day 19: The “Little Herod” in Each of Us

December 19, 2016

I recently created a 31-day Advent/Christmas devotional booklet for my church called “Glory to God in the Highest.” I will be posting a devotional from it each day between now and the end of the year. Enjoy!

Scripture: Matthew 2:13-15

glory_cover_finalKing Herod went to murderous lengths to oppose the kingship of Jesus Christ. Yet, in the following passage, Tim Keller argues that even we Christians have a little bit of “King Herod” living within us:

Why do you think it is so hard to pray? Why do you think it is so hard to concentrate on the most glorious person possible? Why, when God answers a prayer, do you say, “Oh, I will never forget this, Lord,” but soon you do anyway? How many times have you said, “I will never do this again!” and two weeks later you do it again? In Romans 7:15 Paul says, “What I hate I do.” There is still a little King Herod inside you. It means you have got to be far more intentional about Christian growth, about prayer, and about accountability to other people to overcome your bad habits. You can’t just glide through the Christian life. There is still something in you that fights it.[†]

How does that “little King Herod” manifest itself in your life? Pray for forgiveness and repent. Ask for the grace necessary to fight him back.

Timothy Keller, Hidden Christmas (New York: Viking, 2016), 73.

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