“Ananias,” Peter asked, “why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back part of the proceeds of the land? While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, were not the proceeds at your disposal? How is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You did not lie to us, but to God!” Acts 5:3-4
Do you still remember this sad tale of Ananias and Sapphira, his wife? In the days of the Apostles, the members of the church willingly give up what they have among them, distributing to the poor, and helping each other.
This applies in today’s present churches when members voluntarily give whatever they have to help themselves.
Ananias and his wife, Sapphira have this piece of property they agreed to sell and give the money to the church. Yes, they succeeded in selling it off but when the time came for them to give the money, Ananias thought otherwise, concluding with his wife that they best they should do was to keep part of the money they generated from their sale.
Well, they did and came, smiling pretentiously to Peter, thinking that he will not know. Thank God for the divine gift of the Holy Spirit that helps us to discern easily.
Peter revealed everything to Ananias as you read in the above verse.
The result was Ananias died instantly after hearing Peter’s scolding. Shortly his wife, Sapphira came looking for her husband, and on hearing Peter announcing her husband’s misdeed plus his death, she too fell and died.
Today, many people don’t just die naturally though you may think they died that way. Do you know how many people had sinned secretly in such way as Ananias when it comes to giving to churches and God? Today, these people are paying in one devastating way or the other.
Listen, if you are not capable of giving to the churches or to the service of God, please, I plead with you; DO NOT OFFER TO DO IT! It is better you announce that you can’t than for you to put yourself in unnecessary chaos.
No one forces or can force you to donate to God’s service. In fact, none of the Apostles forcibly asked Ananias to sell his piece of property. He himself decided with his wife’s consent upon this.
If they had given up all the money they generated from the sale, I bet, they would have incurred tremendous blessings upon their lives instead of that sudden death they got as result of lying.
You can lie to your fellow human being and get away with it BUT what about God? Can you get away with lying to God?
You will notice the two lessons in this verse above;
1) Don’t promise to God and the churches what you cannot do, I mean what you are absolutely and totally incapable of fulfilling.
2) Avoid lying in whatever occasions you find yourself. You are to show the true image of Christ in you. Lying only brings you further pains, chaos plus headaches. Just make sure your ‘YES’ is basically your YES. No one will kill you or put dagger to your neck in order for you to give.
I pray you won’t end up your life and those of your family’s, like those of Ananias, and his wife, Sapphira in Jesus mighty name, amen.
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