READ : Acts 5:1-11
Sincere Christians are people of integrity. Serious Christians are honest. Christians strive to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. A nation that is blessed with men and women of honor has a solid foundation for business, for banking, for prosperity.
Most of us are shocked by what happened to Ananias and Sapphira. “So they fudged a little, but didn’t God overreact?” we ask. But Peter had heard Jesus say, “He who is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much” (Luke 16:10, rsv). A person is either telling the truth or he is lying.
What is surprising about our text is that at such an early date in the life of the church Peter realizes that the Holy Spirit is God. “Why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit . . . You have not lied to men, but to God.”
What was the reaction of those who witnessed this event? “Great fear came upon all.” This tells me we must not “mess around” with God. The fear of the Lord is still the beginning of wisdom. It inspires Christians to be people of integrity.
Lord, don’t ever let me get so sloppy in the way I do business or speak to others that I forget that you both see and hear me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.