Acts 8: 9 Now for some time a man named Simon had practiced sorcery in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. He boasted that he was someone great, 10 and all the people, both high and low, gave him their attention and exclaimed, “This man is rightly called the Great Power of God.” 11 They followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his sorcery. 12 But when they believed Philip as he proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
Today’s reading is longer than most because I wanted you to see how the people responded to both men. They were in awe of Simon. They even called him “the great power of god”. They followed him because they were amazed with his “sorcery”. Then comes Philip. Notice what it says about Philip: …when they believed Philip…they were baptized. In other words, they followed Simon and watched him. They were amazed by him, but they did nothing. But when they met and heard Philip they were moved to act upon his words, they were baptized.
Those who have been touched and blessed by the word of God will respond with actions of love and faith. God calls us to action. He does not want us to sit, watch and be amazed. He wants us to respond to His love with actions of love, evangelism and faith. He calls us to love one another as He has loved us. This is our call to action.
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