Simon vs. Eunuch – What Motivates You

2018-10-06 09.25.26

May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14

Acts 8:9-25 tells us about a man named Simon in Samaria who was a sorcerer. He boasted that he was someone great (vs. 9) and he amazed many people but then Philip came along… Philip preached the good news of the gospel of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus and many believed and were baptized! Simon was astonished by Philips signs and wonders so he followed Philip and he too believed and was baptized.

Later Peter and John came to lay hands on the believers in Samaria in order that they might receive the Holy Spirit (vs. 17). When Simon saw this he asked to buy that ability, that power! Oh Simon like so many of us at times we miss the point!! Magicians used to buy tricks and so Simon thought he would buy the power to give the power of the Holy Spirit however Jesus is a gift freely given, He cannot be bought.

When Peter pointed out the misguided belief in Simon, Simon only asked that people pray the consequences of his sins would not affect him (vs. 24); he did not ask that he be forgiven, and for a change of heart. If we are not careful this kind of thinking can creep into any of our hearts… how can God serve me rather than how can I serve Him.

Acts 8:26-40 tells us about a man described as the Ethiopian eunuch. The motivation in his heart to know Jesus was completely the opposite of Simon’s. I find it interesting that Simon is listed by his specific name however the Ethiopian is only described, his specific name is not listed. Maybe because when you are completely caught up in His love for you, the fact that the Kings of kings knows you by name fills you, and so much so that all you want to do is lift HIS name higher so that others may know His love, the only love that satisfies completely! When we realize how concerned our Heavenly Father is about us by name our concern becomes for His name alone to be glorified!

So what is my motivation for doing, loving, serving…? Jesus, please create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit with in me. (Ps. 51:10) Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. (Ps. 51:12) May I praise Your name Lord, for Yours alone is exalted, Your splendor is above the earth and the heavens! (Ps. 148:13) Amen.

Independent Read: 1 Cor. 1:31, Galatians 6:14, 1 Chronicles 29:10-13, John 3:16

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