Then Simon answered, “Pray to the Lord for me so that nothing you have said may happen to me.” Acts 8: 24 (NIV)
He does exactly as we often do. Simon turns from what God is doing and looks to worldly ends. Foolishly he takes an extra greedy step. But the Disciples show him his error and what Forces he is running up against. So the wayward man repents. Most times we read the story and pity the man who wandered so far from the will of God. But the truth is that each day somewhere or somehow our hearts too can wander from the Lord. We look to our desires, our aspirations and our agendas. Our hearts go out to them. It would be impossible to avoid these distractions completely. But what will make the difference for us? Will it be how we react when we do realize that we have tried to get ahead without thinking of God first? What will mark whether we are true followers or not?
Not many would bet on Simon becoming a good follower. But who can say any better for us? The mark of a true follower is found in a change of heart. Repentance and seeking to stand near the Lord is what will be remembered in Heaven. Should we all try today to look past all our own distractions? Should we seek a heart that shows we are turning to Jesus instead of any personal pursuits? What will mark our day, our life, and our walk with the Lord? What will be the mark that we are true followers of Christ?
Forgive us for the times we looked to ourselves or the enticing world in which we live. Mark our hearts as ones that have turned from our ways and sought to be found in You!
By S.D. Wonenberg