Ananias & Sapphira
Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.” Acts 5:4
About the only incident of someone being slain in the Spirit is found right here in Acts chapter 5 and it ain’t pretty. The new church has experienced amazing power, amazing grace and now, amazing housecleaning. The believers are excited, blessed, sharing all things freely and joyously, and now this. Imagine the soberness that ensued at the news of Ananias’ and Sapphira’s deaths! A healthy fear and undoubtedly some adjustment of attitudes resulted. All because someone wanted to look as good, as spiritual, as generous, as committed to Christ as the next guy- and died trying. It’s enough to sober me up fast! Do I appear to give more, be more, do more, than the books in heaven record? Then I’m in danger of exiting the church in a most embarassing way: “Wow! She was fine a minute ago! Here, you grab her feet, we’ll get her arms.” Lookin’ good ends up lookin’ really bad. But that’s the whole problem-it’s not about appearances, God looks on the heart. That should be enough to make us squirm. And, hopefully, change.