Jan. 14, 2021, Acts 5:1-11
"How could you do a thing like this? You weren’t lying to us but to God!” Acts 5:4
Today’s passage is a little bit of a challenge. It isn’t a challenge because we disagree with the fact that what Ananias and Sapphira did was wrong, but because, if we are going to be honest, it seems a little harsh! I mean, yes what they did was wrong, but the result was death?
Let’s look a little deeper.
In John 10:10 Jesus says, “The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.”
The dishonesty, the deception, the self-centeredness that we see in Ananias and Sapphira is robbing them of the life they have been created to live. God wants them to experience so much more.
It is the same for us. Dishonesty, deception, being self-centered doesn’t just hurt the world around us, it hurts us. There is a reality that there is a part of our sinful nature that can be tempted to think about ourselves first. We don’t want to share the whole truth or reveal the complete picture because if we do, we feel like we are going to lose out on something. Now, I am not suggesting that the results of our dishonesty will cause us to drop dead physically, but I think you get the point. It definitely takes life from us and others. Don’t fall into that trap! It doesn’t sound a whole lot like Jesus.
Jesus’ invitation to all of us is to step into the light. God is a God of truth and it is in the truth that we will be set free. Open the invitation up! Welcome to the party that God has thrown for you and for all of us where we can live in the freedom that his perfect love gives us!
Questions for reflection:
- Why did Ananias and Sapphira not tell the whole truth?
- How do you see the same thing at work in your life?
- When have you experienced the freeing power of being transparent with others and with God?