The story of Ananias and Sapphira stands out in the Book of Acts.
In Acts 5:1-11, we read of a couple who sold a piece of property. After they received the money for the land, Ananias and Sapphira decided to keep some of the proceeds for themselves instead of giving it to fund the church’s mission. They would later die after it was discovered they did not give their full amount and lied to God and the Apostles.
So, what is going on in this passage? We might think that what they did was acceptable. All they did was hold back something to perhaps provide for their family’s basic needs. Why would this lead them to being accused of lying, which led to their death?
Perhaps the answer lies in something we struggle with everyday. That is the very essence of how willing are we to trust God.
Trust is a key aspect of our relationship with God. It is what it means to have faith. When we read Scripture, we see that God calls us to put our full faith in the Lord and God’s promises for us. To have faith means to trust that what God says is true and that the promises of the Lord will and have been fulfilled.
The difficulty comes in just how willing are we to let go and trust in God. How willing are we to say it’s not about me, or what I want, or what I need, but what God is doing in and through me? Where we begin to struggle the most with this is when our faith begins to cost something of us, whether it is of our time, finances, or even relationships. It is within these moments, and others, that our faith in God is truly tested.
For Ananias and Sapphira, they were unwilling to trust that God would provide and care for them. They trusted themselves more than the God of all creation.
What about us? How willing are we to trust in God? How far are we willing to go in our faith with the Lord? Are we all in or are we wanting to hold something back?