Cheating God and Serving themselves

But there was a certain man named Ananias who, with his wife, Sapphira, sold some property. He brought part of the money to the apostles, claiming it was the full amount. With his wife’s consent, he kept the rest. (Acts 5:1-2) NLT

We are coming across a lot of Christians and even Christian ministers, who cheat on God and people. They put on a show of godliness and undermine the kingdom of God as it says in 2Tim.3:1-5. They are like Ananias and Sapphira. Ultimately, they will bring disaster up on themselves as well as their followers.

Wrong Motives

The motive behind selling their property and bringing the money to the Apostles was to gain social recognition. It was not from the love of God or His people. They want to appear Godly but did not want to make any sacrifice. They were concerned about themselves more than the mission. They accumulate for themselves before they distribute to others. They will see their interests before others’ and will not hesitate to channelize God-given resources for their own benefit and according to their own interests. They build up their own kingdom rather than God’s kingdom and will not allow others to cross their ways. They are demonstrating the characteristics of the anti Christ and are aiding the devil.

Lack of Faith

These Christians are demonstrating their lack of faith in God. They pray “Our Father in heaven…” but they don’t trust God to provide for their daily needs and meet their emergencies. They think unless they take care of themselves things won’t work out. They feel capable of handling the future better than God. They don’t want to take risks with their lives while they play with other people’s lives.   They forget the assuring words of the Lord when He said we are better than the birds in the sky and the flowers in the field.

God attested His Word through the Apostles with accompanying miracles. Even the sick on whom their shadow fell were healed. God’s judgment on the cheating Christians also came immediately. But, through it all, God was glorified and people were brought into His kingdom.

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