Acts 8:18-23  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.”  Peter answered: “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money!  You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God.  Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord.  Perhaps he will forgive you for having such a thought in your heart.  For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.”

These verses hit me hard this week.  Simon found his security in his wealth.  His heart was not in the right place. We are all captive to sin.  I began questioning if I am using my money, resources, time and talents wisely – the way God wants me to use them?  Is my heart in the right place?  It is so easy to become distracted by things of this world.  My value is not measured in dollars.  My value is measured in my willingness to follow the path God is leading me to touch the lives of the people I meet along the way.

So, I pray for myself and my readers that our hearts may be right before God, full of love toward others.

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