Scripture: Acts 8:1-13
Key Verses: Acts 8:9-13
9 Now a certain man named Simon had previously practiced magic in the city and amazed the people of Samaria, saying that he was someone great. 10 All of them, from the least to the greatest, listened to him eagerly, saying, “This man is the power of God that is called Great.” 11 And they listened eagerly to him because for a long time he had amazed them with his magic. 12 But when they believed Philip, who was proclaiming the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. 13 Even Simon himself believed. After being baptized, he stayed constantly with Philip and was amazed when he saw the signs and great miracles that took place.
Reflection: So Simon the sorcerer gets converted to Christianity. He needs something grander than himself! Is there a “Simon the Sorcerer” in me or in you? Is there a part of yourself that spends your life doing magic tricks to keep people entertained and impressed by you? That can be exhausting! We have to keep everything going. We have that “model of success” hanging over our heads. Everywhere you go you have to be great. Can you imagine what relief Simon the Sorcerer felt when he acknowledged something greater in his life than himself? It says he was “amazed!” I bet he was. The show is over. The heart finds peace. The mind finds rest. All of a sudden you line up with the universe and there is joy, true meaning and purpose in life.
Prayer: Lord, I can relate to Simon the Sorcerer. I go from place to place putting on my “show.” I always hope people like it and I need the affirmation. What I need more is to acknowledge something greater than myself, found in you. It is your love and grace that works the true magic in our lives and brings us joy and peace. What a miracle and what a gift. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Author: Steve Eason
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].