Acts 5:1-11 tells the cautionary tale of Ananias and Sapphira, a couple who pretended that they were giving a larger sum of money to the Church than they actually were. Their pretense resulted in their deaths. What might this mean for us today?
WHAT WILL YOU DO
We are the stewards of our possessions. We have been given the freedom and autonomy to decide how to dispose of all that we own. At the same time, we have also been called to be generous in spirit just as we have received generously from God. We can take action by meeting a need (however small!). Who can you offer a listening ear to? Are you able to help provide food or shelter to someone else? Where can you serve in God’s community?
Remember, though, that the story of Ananias and Sapphira tells us that God requires our generosity to be genuine. Let us listen to our hearts first, and work with the purposes of the Kingdom foremost in our minds.
“With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them.” – Acts 4:33-34a NIV