If I could speak anything into our lives, particularly during this Holiday Season, it would be this: It is absolutely impossible for us to buy our way into a right relationship with God. We need Jesus Christ! He is the One Way to the Father!
As a follower of Jesus Lord, our Lord and Savior, I have been quite reminded of Peter’s conversation with a man named Simeon. You will want to join me in the Acts, the eighth chapter.
When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money and said, “Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”Acts 20:18-19, NIV
20 Peter answered: “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! 21 You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God. 22 Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord in the hope that he may forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. 23 For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.” 24 Then Simon answered, “Pray to the Lord for me so that nothing you have said may happen to me.”Acts 20:20-24, NIV
The world we live in – is materialistic. Our lives become centered around our desires. “What do I want for my birthday? Or for Christmas?” I mean for many, we wrap up our Thanksgiving, accomplishing each other’s Christmas list. But, what if we loved each other differently? What if we loved Christ and our Mighty God differently?
This man took things too far. But, that is what sin does. Sin causes us to see ourselves as “all powerful” and convinces us that we can persuade God – the Living God and our Creator – to do what we want.
God is holy. And He is most definitely the One in charge. How are we absolutely bowing down to Him and surrendering everything we have and are to the Great I Am?
That isn’t the only question I am posing tonight, though. I have two more for you:
1. How are we trying to stuff ourselves with things other than our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?
2. How are we trying to stuff our relationships with something other than the Living God?