Scripture--Acts 4-Acts 6
Observation—I love the part where the disciples create important positions for people to help others. That what we in the church call “lay” ministry was really important. It was important that everyone helped, so more could get done. Everyone did what they were good at, and huge things got done for God!
But the story that really got to me was the story of Ananias and Sapphira. It was important that the disciples shared everything in common. They pooled their resources and 4:34 says, “there were no needy persons among them”! This is what many missionaries do—sell what they have to go into the mission field. My mother’s side came from
as a communal society—where everything was shared in common. They kept that going until my grandparents were small children! (for more information see http://amanacolonies.com/). I’ve always been fascinated with the idea that to be faithful witnesses we had to share everything we had. Germany
But, in what they did, there was Ananias and Sapphira—and they lied and cheated about what they did. As they were found having cheated, they died. BOTH OF THEM! I can’t say I understand this passage. Does anyone have any idea about it? It doesn’t seem to fit!
Application—I think we could all do a better job about being generous. We live in a country that has so much. 80% of the world’s population lives on less than $10 a week, and we spend that much each day or more! I’m not sure that it would work for us to hold EVERYTHING in common—but could we give more. Probably. Could we tell the truth more often—definitely! Could we be honest with God, ourselves, and each other? Let us take from this story the need to be honest and generous!
Prayer—O God of Truth! Search us and find in us your truth. Search our hearts and show us where we can change, grow, and renew. Make in us new people, more generous, more honest, more loving. May we be more like you! Amen