Scripture: Acts 8:9 Now a certain man named Simon had previously practiced magic in the city and amazed the people of Samaria, saying that he was someone great. 10 All of them, from the least to the greatest, listened to him eagerly, saying, “This man is the power of God that is called Great.” 11 And they listened eagerly to him because for a long time he had amazed them with his magic. 12 But when they believed Philip, who was proclaiming the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. 13 Even Simon himself believed. After being baptized, he stayed constantly with Philip and was amazed when he saw the signs and great miracles that took place.
Observation: Simon was apparently a big deal in Samaria, doing acts of magic and drawing crowds. When he heard “the good new about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ” he was transformed. From the inside out.
Application: A dear friend recently wrote that her journey with the Lord began in earnest three years ago on Christmas Eve. The Lord laid hold of her that night and she has not been the same since. This is not to say that her life was miraculously made perfect at that time. Far from it. The difficulties and struggles present in her life on December 24th 2013 were still there on December 25th 2013. BUT she was on her way to becoming a different person in the midst of those difficulties and struggles. She was being transformed from the inside out. The process continues.
I had a similar experience on Christmas Eve 30 years ago. And while the Lord laid hold of me that night, I’m still very much a work in progress. But I have hope – not in myself, but in the Lord. Perhaps you’re in that kind of place this morning. You’ve been hoping for a change in the world around you – at home, on the job, in your connection with God, in your finances, or somewhere else. Nothing wrong with that.
But I wonder if perhaps the place to begin is not “out there” but “in here”. Maybe if you’ll allow the Lord to do a work in you, the Lord will do a work through you. That’s my prayer this morning – for me and for you.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, take hold of us and transform us from the inside out. Amen.