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 in the hope that he may forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.” Then Simon answered, “Pray to the Lord for me so that nothing you have said may happen to me.” (Acts 8:18-24)
Simon the Sorcerer thinks he can purchase the Holy Spirit to do the work of God. The Apostles reject his offer and rebuke him. Sounds harsh but in reality we have to answer the question, who are we doing this for? Is this for my personal glory or God’s glory? God’s spirit and eternal salvation are not things that can be purchased, only given to those who truly seek Jesus.
Take a moment to repent of things you have done with false motives. God, please forgive me for the ways I have sought things the wrong way. Show me how to change this in order to honor you.