Acts 5:1-11 (New Living Translation and The Message)
Ananias, Sapphira, & the Concept of Grace
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Though short in length, story of Ananias and Sapphira is one of the most powerful lessons of grace- but not only grace, but grace undelivered. You see, Ananias and his wife knowingly planned to deceive the apostles. They sold a piece of their land- took some of the money to keep for themselves, however, when they went to the apostles, they gave them a partial amount and lied saying it was all they had profited.
Peter immediately told him that he messed up. Peter explained to Ananias that it was his choice to sell the land as it was his choice on keeping the profit but in lying, he corrupted his soul. Peter went on to say because Sapphira co-signed his sin she too was damned.
In their deceit, they were not forgiven as we are, but they had to pay the ultimate price for their sins and that price was immediate death. Right after Peter let them know he knew what they had done, they both fell dead. They did not get a grace period to fix their mess up. They did not get an opportunity to explain why they mislead the apostles. The grace that God has given us so freely through his son Jesus Christ was not gifted to Ananias and Sapphira.
How many times have you told a ‘little while lie’ for selfish gain? How many times have you ‘co-signed’ someone else’s wrong-doings for the sake of getting even? How many times have you sinned against God just so you could satisfy your flesh?
What can we take from this:
- God’s grace can run out in a particular area when you abuse it.
- God sees your heart and knows your motives even when people do not.
- Remember when you sin against God’s anointed, you are sinning against God himself.
Before you point your finger to judge another’s slip ups, make sure you check yourself first. Show others the love and grace God shows you, even in your mess. God wants u to be honest in all of our dealings.
Father God in heaven, thank you God for covering me with your loving grace. Lord thank you for looking beyond my imperfections and choosing to use me for your glory. I want my life to be a testament of how your glory and grace truly makes the difference. Show me God how to embody the fruit of the spirit and to show the world what it is like to love like you do. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
By: Maleeka T. Hollaway
Maleeka Taliha Hollaway is a native of Atlanta, Ga & the proud mother of Kerrington Kaelle. Maleeka is an Internationally Certified Life Success Advocate (coach), candid public speaker, business and branding strategist, notable editor and a Best-Selling author (co-Authoring “20 Beautiful Women: Volume 2”). Maleeka has shared stages with many internationally speakers and she has been interviewed in the U.S. and Africa by many notable influences. She is devoted to mentoring and coaching people of all ages and genders in discovering how to live the life they desire, as she is blossoming into one of the most inspirational and influential female voices of this generation. Her favorite scripture is Galatians 6:9 “And let us not be weary in well-doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not”.