“Prophet” for Profit? ~ Acts 8:9-25

Peter answered: “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! Acts 8:20

Simon the Sorcerer’s world was rocked when the apostles arrived in Samaria. Proclaiming himself as someone great, he amazed people with his magic to the point where people referred to him as being the “Divine Power” (8:10).

When the people responded to the Gospel preached by the apostles, things began to change. Noticing that believers received the gift of the Holy Spirit when Peter and John laid hands on them, Simon wanted in on the action, for he saw profits instead of promise. Simon offered the apostles money in exchange for giving him the ability to convey the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Peter rebuked him, “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money.” (8:20). Peter then advises Simon to pray to the Lord for forgiveness; Simon asked Peter to pray for him. Perhaps Simon realized that his motives were not proper.

God doesn’t want my money; He wants my sincere love and devotion. He wants me to focus my attention on Him, not on the material distractions of the world. The Gospel is about winning people for Jesus, not about gaining position for myself. It is about eternal life, not about temporal profit. My ministry must be about Him, not about me. God has brought me a long way on my faith journey, but I still have much maturing to do. I pray that God, in His mercy, will continue to mold and nurture me into the man, husband, father, and servant that He would have me be.

Ponder this: Are my motives for all that I do honorable to God?

My prayer for today: Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of faith. Help me to share my faith through all that I do, all that I say, through all that I am. Bless me when my motives are pure and correct me when they are not. My hope is to always honor You. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.

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