King Herod spent his life dedicated to one empire, one kingdom, one man: himself.
His worship of himself led him to build impregnable fortresses, assassinate rivals, massacre children, and kill his own family. He worked hard to secure his place in history and build his kingdom, a kingdom that now lies in ruins and rubble.
He worshipped himself, and in the end, he lost everything. He had a choice to be the king of his kingdom or welcome King Jesus and let His kingdom reign. We have the same choice, the same opportunity.
- Worship is responding to God. Is this definition new to you? What did you think worship was before? How does that definition change how you see worship? How does that affect your spiritual life?
- Herod lived with one kingdom in mind: his. Have you ever been guilty of putting your kingdom above God's? How so?
- Have you ever given up something that was part of “your kingdom” to follow Jesus? What impact did that have on your life?
- During the holiday season, it's easy to get caught up in our own schedules, needs, traditions, stress, etc. What are some ways we can guard ourselves against this and realign our focus to His kingdom rather than ours?
- When we live for ourselves we are actually forfeiting a better life, but sometimes it doesn’t feel that way. What are some things we can do to make trusting our lives to God easier?
Love God most.
Seek God’s kingdom first.
Love others best.