The Church was on the increase, in size and in worth, numerically and spirituality. Believers expressed their love in practical ways. They shared everything. “No one claimed private ownership of any possessions , but everything they owned was held in common” ( Acts 4:32). And since they didn’t expect us to be waiting in the twenty-first century for Jesus to return (They expected him to return much sooner) it was easier for them not to hang on to the trappings of materialism.
Or was it really? What about Ananias and Sapphira?
Let’s be authentic. They were not.
Considering that God knows everything, it is really pointless to try to hide from God. Of course, that desire in itself is a reflection that we are not being our authentic selves. It was only after Adam and Eve sinned, that, award of their nakedness which was no problem until then, they tried to cover up.
Ananias and Sapphira didn’t need to cover up in the first place. It was up to them to determine their gift and not pretend that they were giving all. They could have given less without grumbling, and give their little bit willingly “ for God loves a cheerful giver”. But they conspired to give less than all while pretending to be giving everything.
If you love all your stuff more than you love God’s people who might just need it more than you do, keep it and enjoy it ( if you can) instead of pretending. That’s shamefully gross.
We need to come clean. I need to come clean, Lord. Let me stop at nothing when it comes to giving in response to your love for me.” Love so amazing, so divine [does indeed] demand my soul, my life, my all”.
Lord, help me to keep learning to put into practice this song I prayed as a teenager at St. Patrick’s Church, Grand Bay, Dominica.
“ All that I am, all that I do, all that I’ll ever be, I offer now to you.”