Daily Devotion 4/10/15

Acts 8:18-21 When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money and said, “Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” Peter answered: “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God.

Simon, even after choosing to be baptized, didn’t get salvation. He didn’t understand the change that needed to take place within a convert. All he wanted was the power and the glory. He saw how the spirit came through the disciples as they laid their hands upon others, and he wanted this power. He watched and observed. He watched and understood that this ability elevated them above the others, and this was something he wanted, nay, something he felt he deserved. He offered to buy this ability, but he was told that his heart was not right. Again, we see Simon’s need for personal gain or the desire to receive glory from an aspect of the gospel. The message of God is not for personal gain, aside from the salvation it brings into our lives. If our focus is to be glorified, then our focus is blurred.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me focus my life on You and not what I can gain because of You.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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