I like to see and be a part of things that are different or extraordinary. Do you? I would say that most people would answer, “Yes.” It is easy for us to get caught up in things that seem amazing. We watch sports on television hoping to see some amazing feat performed by our favorite players or teams. Every now and then something happens that is so amazing that it seems to be a miracle. For instance last night, in his last game at Yankee Stadium, Derek Jeter got a base hit in the bottom of the ninth to win the game for the Yanks. Amazing!
In life we hope to mimic amazing feats that we have witnessed. We play baseball hoping to hit that long ball in the bottom of the ninth. In basketball we dream of sinking that game winning three-pointer at the buzzer. Can you imagine the stir of our emotions if we had been around to see true visible miracles performed by Jesus and the apostles? I imagine that we would have desired to have those abilities as well.
In Acts 8 we have just such an account left behind in the Scriptures. A man named Simon who had been some type of sorcerer is the central character. Simon was newly converted by the preaching of Phillip (Acts 8:12-13). However, Simon was overcome by the desire to go back to his old ways when he witnessed the power of miracles performed by the apostles. He even tried to pay them for this ability (Acts 8:18-19).
We should be careful of jumping to judgment in this case. We may not have acted any better than Simon. In fact even the apostles were warned not to get too caught up in miraculous gifts they were given. They were told not to rejoice in the miracles, but rather because their names were written in heaven (Luke 10:19-20).
This is some advice to which we should give some attention. We go to all kinds of trouble to be a part of something great in the realm of sports and business, but what about the spiritual? We have the opportunity to be a part of the most amazing thing that will ever happen. We can have our name registered in heaven (Heb. 12:23). We can be joined there with the perfect and powerful creator of the universe (1 Thess. 4:16-17). Why do we not work harder to be a part of this miraculous event? I want to go to heaven, don’t you?