I am Ananias
Soon after the church took Jerusalem by storm—adding thousands of members in its opening sermon—it began to encounter stiff opposition. The gospel will never go unopposed by Satan. One of his initial strategies in Acts was to derail the church’s momentum through the trial of moral corruption.
And his strategy has not changed over the years.
Ananias and Sapphira succumbed to this temptation through their dishonest attempts to gain a reputation for holiness without the sacrifice required to attain holiness. They succumbed to common temptations—the love of money and the love of praise. These are temptations that you and I face as well.
As you read their story, where do you see yourself? Do you see yourself as Barnabas, the Son of Encouragement, an example of sacrificial generosity? Maybe you see yourself as Peter, leading the church through these exciting and challenging times.
If we’re honest, I think we can all relate to Ananias and Sapphira. That’s right, lying, cheating Ananias and Sapphira! We care about our reputations enough to take shortcuts to be thought of as holy, without doing the hard, unseen work necessary to actually be holy.
Our blog this week is going to examine the motivations of Ananias and Sapphira’s hearts, the common heart idols they did not adequately destroy. If we properly understand the nature of sin and need for holiness, I think we’ll come to a place where we all say, “I am Ananias.”