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Friday, October 7, 2016

Think About It

by Pastor B.J. Knefley

In the Book of Acts, there is a story about a man named Simon, (Acts 8:9-23). Simon was known as a sorcerer and apparently presented himself as someone great. Others referred to him as “the Great One – the Power of God”. Philip preached the Good News of the Kingdom of God and many accepted the message and were baptized. Simon was one of those. When Simon saw the great signs and miracles that were performed by Philip, he wanted that same power and approached the apostles about buying it. Peter severely chastised Simon and told him he was “full of bitter jealousy and held captive by sin”, (Acts 8:23).

Motive is a very powerful thing. It is the prevailing reason behind our actions. It’s the reason we do what we do and it is the drive that keeps people moving forward. The story of Simon is interesting. On the surface it would appear that he turned to God out of a pure motive. But after reading further it would appear that his motive was not about God but about himself. His importance and worth was changing. In one moment he’s somebody. Remember, to the people he was “The Great One”. But when Phillip started preaching the Kingdom and performing all sorts of signs and miracles, the people shifted their attention from Simon to Phillip. 

So what happens when a person’s popularity starts to slide? They do what they need to do to get it back. Simon wanted the same power that Phillip had so that he could get back into a favored position with the people. This whole story causes me to wonder about motive. Why? Well simply because there can be many who are doing things out of the wrong motive. It doesn’t matter what your profession, you can be doing what you do out of motivations of pride, fear, value, importance, guilt, anger and a host of other reasons. 

We can be doing some great and wonderful things, but the reason behind what we do is rooted in some wrong things. It all comes down to our heart and it causes me to do some self-examination. Are my motives pure? Am I doing things out of the right reason or am I like Simon? His heart was full of “bitter jealousy” and he was “held captive by sin”. Could that be one of us? How would we even know? Think about it.


Anonymous said...

Wow very good message!!

Anonymous said...

Great word zBernie, makes me examine my self & what's behind my own motives, so much enjoy your messages, keep them coming ! God bless, Debi Shepard