Money can’t buy you everything!

When Simon saw that the apostles by merely laying on hands conferred the Spirit, he pulled out his money, excited, and said, “Sell me your secret! Show me how you did that! How much do you want? Name your price!” Acts 8:18-19 (The Message)

In our materialist society it is easy to think that you can buy whatever you need. Having money means having power, while having no money deminishes our power or status in society. God is not influenced by our riches or social status. Instead he is concerned with our faith and integrity of heart.

Simon Magus gave the appearance of faith and yet, when it came to the idea that he could be raised in status or own the power of God. He believes that he can buy the power of God. Understandable, to some extent, when he has been so used to the manipulations of sorcery yet he was unwise to offer money in order to have the power of God for himself. God requires that we be willing to submit our lives to him, that his Holy Spirit should be used only to give him glory. If we are intent on our own benefit alone and not on the greater purposes of God then our heart is not right and our integrity lacking.

May we seek you with all our hearts Lord, that we may bring your presence into the lives of others and let our desire be only to see Jesus glorified. Amen.