Today’s Word of Promise
Everyday, I do a 4-mile aerobic walk. It takes me one hour. I listen to my Word of Promise Bible while I walk.
Today I listened to Acts 3 – Acts Acts 9.
The part that stood out to me in that passage is this:
Nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, and laid them at the apostles’ feet; and they distributed to each as anyone had need. Acts 4:34-35
But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession. And he kept back part of the proceeds, his wife also being aware of it, and brought a certain part and laid it at the apostles’ feet. But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself? While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.” Then Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and breathed his last. Acts 5:1-5
Our modern church does not operate like the church in Acts 4. Church goers do not sell all of their possessions and give it all to the church to distribute to those who have need. Instead, church goers work with the intent of achieving possession and status within the community – and oftentimes pay taxes with the idea that the government should distribute to those in need.
I’m not a big fan of this. I’d LOVE to see a modern church that has a congregation full of Christ worshiping believers who give everything they have. Unfortunately, in today’s society, that would probably be considered a cult.
All that said, here and operating in modern times with a modern church, the part I want to look at is Ananias and Sapphira.
What do you think he did wrong? Why was he killed by God?
I don’t think it was due to greed. I think it’s because he didn’t believe in the omniscient divinity of God. I think he thought if he did something in the darkness, it wouldn’t be shown in the light. I think he thought he could get away with lying TO God. I think that’s why he was killed.
Examine your life and your heart. Is there something being done in the dark that you don’t think will see the light? Remember: God is all present and all knowing. He’s here. He’s there. Trust Him and love Him. There’s no need for lying, conniving, bad business practices – no need for any of that when you lay it all at the feet of Jesus.
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As a nonbeliever I won’t comment on the story from Acts.
My guess is that that type of community rarely (if ever) works because of the nature of people. It sounds good, but in reality there have to be decisions made and as groups get larger some person or group has to take power over finances and plans. Because people are imperfect things go wrong.
In the 60s and 70s there were communes formed with this goal and every so often I would read a story about their fate and it seemed like they didn’t end well. A well-known commune is The Farm in Tennessee. (I have heard of this from someone online.) Here’s one article about how it went; I’ve read others.
It wouldn’t end well. We are all flawed humans, and there will always be a sin nature we fight against. But, in a perfect world, I think it would be wonderful.