Sunday Devotion–Acts 8, Simon and Samaria

13 Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw.

14 When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to Samaria. 15 When they arrived, they prayed for the new believers there that they might receive the Holy Spirit, 16 because the Holy Spirit had not yet come on any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

18 When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money 19 and said, “Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”

20 Peter answered: “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! 21 You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God. 22 Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord in the hope that he may forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. 23 For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.”

I don’t know from the text if Simon truly believed or not. If anyone has reasons to think one way or the other, feel free to weigh in. What convicts me with this passage is his wrong motives, and how wrong motives ruin ministry. I am searching my heart for such motives in all I do.

As for writing, I’ll speak for myself: I’ll strive to ensure my motivation is toward the Audience of One in all I write, Soli Deo Gloria.

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