Simon’s callous disregard for the sacredness of the Holy Spirit’s work is sickening. He treats this incredible blessing of God as a commodity to be purchased and manipulated. His sin is obvious to most of us. Still, how many times have we tried to manipulate the work and influence of the Holy Spirit? Without humility and only for our own gain, we sometimes nonchalantly talk about the Holy Spirit as if the Spirit were our errand gopher, our servant to do our bidding, our tool, instead of remembering that the Holy Spirit is God’s presence and power graciously given to us. Let’s look at the gift of the Spirit’s presence within us and the Spirit’s influence upon us with a deep sense of reverent thanks!
O Father, God Almighty, please forgive me for devaluing the Holy Spirit — the gift of your presence within my life. I am sorry for this irreverent approach to your awesome grace. In Jesus’ name, I ask for this forgiveness and pray that I will always have the proper respect and appreciation for the Spirit. Amen.