THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14
When Simon saw that the Spirit was given when the apostles laid their hands on people, he offered them money to buy this power….
“You can have no part in this, for your heart is not right with God.”
Acts 8:14 (NLT)
THE HEART IS THE OBSTACLE OF TRUE FAITH
“Oh, I sure am happy to see you,” the little boy said to his grandmother on his mother’s side. “Now maybe daddy will do the trick he has been promising us.” The grandmother was curious. “What trick is that?” she asked. “I heard him tell mommy that he would climb the walls if you came to visit,” the little boy answered.
It is a common thing for magicians to buy new tricks. For Simon in Acts 8, the miracles just seemed like some new trick that the apostles were performing. Simon offered money to learn the new tricks. It might sound like an innocent request, but Peter will have some insight into Simon’s request. There is a practice called “Simony”, which stems from this encounter. It’s the practice of “buying” a position in a church. In some denominations, the pastor “buys” the church from the previous pastor. In some periods of church history, the papacy was sold off to the highest bidder. Peter made it clear that Simon’s heart was in the way of him having true faith in Jesus.
Jesus taught in Matthew 12:34, “For whatever is in your heart determines what you say.” Quite often the things we talk about the most are the things we love and desire the most. If you took a survey of your recent conversation, what do you think your heart is most passionate about?
Jesus gives us a new heart when we come to Him in faith. Thank God for the new desires that come with your new heart. Ask God to help you identify anything that is competing with Him for your heart’s affection.