By: Lisa Wilmore
Scripture Reading: And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.
Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.
Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the Lord for me, that none of these things which ye have spoken come upon me (Acts 8: 18-24).
My Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
God does not give His children ministries to make names for themselves. Neither does He open doors for individuals to share the Word of God with a mindset of displaying the height of their intelligence. Instead, God’s ministries must be used to soul search and not star search.
In particular, God has given Christians a divine assignment, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20b). We are commissioned to go and compel others to come to Christ; however, we are not to seek popularity. We must consistently check ourselves against popularity seeking; for this is not of God but the evil one.
In the mentioned passage of scriptures, Peter warns Simon, the sorcerer (magician), that his motive for desiring God’s gift of laying hands, during which the Holy Ghost was given, is not right in the sight of God. Although he believed in the name, Jesus Christ, and was baptized (Acts 8:13), he did not have a clear understanding of the purpose of God’s gift. God’s gift is not for show or to gain stardom, but rather for His glory in saving souls. Therefore, we must be careful not to desire the gifts of God in order to push our agendas in search of popularity or to be a star. “We must use ministries to soul search and not star search.”
Questions to ponder: What is your ministry really about? Is it to gain souls for the kingdom or search for popularity?