READ: Acts 8:9-24
- Not many texts in Acts create sadness. This one does. It’s just so terribly real; so true to life. It doesn’t start out sad. Simon, a magician, is amazed at the work of God through the Spirit in His servants. It’s the same word (amazed) used to describe the onlookers at Pentecost when the Spirit showed up. It’s used to describe how the believers reacted when they saw the Spirit show up in Cornelius’ experience. It describes the church’s reaction to Peter’s release from prison.
- But it’s not enough. All Simon could see was magic; greater magic, but still magic. He wanted it. So, he offered to buy it. Peter’s response is swift and strong. Peter condemned Simon, himself a newly baptized believer. His only recourse was repentance. It appears that Simon understood the sharpness of Peter’s response and He responded in a way that may indicate that he “got it.”
- But the sadness comes when we see Simon overall. He was all about himself. He made himself great. He talked about his greatness. He exploited his greatness. He thought he could exploit the Spirit’s greatness through him. It’s a lesson we should all learn. This is never about us; it’s always about God. When we hear too much “I” in the conversation, we should pray for a Peter who would speak to us honestly.
- Describe a time when you called attention to yourself, too much.
- Who do you have in your life that will and does speak into such things?
- How can we become more focused on Jesus getting attention instead of us?
PRAY: Thank God for the power of the Spirit to work in and through us. Pray that we never assume that power is to our credit. Pray that God is the one who gets the honor.