Find a Simon
Satan vs. Simon
Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 5:1-12
Key Verse: 1 Corinthians 5:5
Hand this man over to Satan, so that the sinful nature may be destroyed and his spirit saved on the day of the Lord.
God is more interested in our personal improvement and growth than we are! He wants to use each of us more than we want to be used. Our theme this month, “How to be Used of God” is not about convincing God to use us. He is already convinced and anxious to make it happen. God is also working at this pattern of growth in us to make us more effective in Kingdom building. God’s plans include us in blessing people around us with God’s good work through us! For this to happen, we will need to choose either a “Simon or Satan” to help us with the process.
The apostle Paul found that the Corinthian church was allowing a man to act immorally and remain in “good standing” in their fellowship. Paul knew that this man would not repent on his own and needed to be confronted with his sin. The church folks may have tried to be a “Simon” in his life but he was refusing to listen to their advice. The only other method was to turn this man over to Satan for the destruction of his sinful nature. In other words, expel this man from the church so he would get a wakeup call to the seriousness of his sin. This harsh approach would destroy this man’s sinful nature but save his eternal spirit on judgment day.
When it comes to sinful behavior, what will it take for you to repent and turn back to a Christ honoring lifestyle? Has someone been challenging you to stop this sin? Are you listening? If not the church, will God need to turn you over to more serious treatment to bring about change?
Father, search my heart – show me my sin. I want to be quick to repent and turn from any behavior that dishonors you. In Jesus’ Name, amen.