Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. 2 With his wife’s full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles’ feet.
3 Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? 4 Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied just to human beings but to God.”
There was no requirement to participate and no need to give everything, yet Ananias and Saphira had decided to sell a piece of property and give the proceeds to the church; they also decided to lie about value of the property and hold something back for themselves. It was the lying to God which was the problem and they paid with their lives. It was and is a sobering message concerning the holiness of God and life in the community that bears His name (PS. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- Do your actions reflect honesty?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
The Bible is where we can turn when we don’t know how to pray. Take a moment to be still and reflect on God’s word. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” Psalm 119:105.