Just Maybe…

Posted: March 24, 2011 in Wandering Thoughts

When i do not give what i profess as belonging to God, i am stealing His Devine Glory.

i’m going to give a politically correct name to what Ananias and Sapphira were doing. i’ll call it “impression management.” And “impression management is defined as manipulating others’ opinion of me?

Who hasn’t sometimes taken stuff from an employer for personal use? Or falsified a tax return a little bit? Or withheld the truth, or covered up with a“white lie”?

Ananias and Sapphira’s motives were probably pretty ordinary – perhaps even defensible.

Maybe’s

Maybe they were inspired, caught up in the moment by the generosity of Barnabas.

Maybe i am caught up in the moment of a Seminar, a CD, a session where the worship team is great.

Maybe they were fearful and wondered what would happen in their old age if they gave away all their assets.

Maybe i am more concerned about what i will do when the leases at the center are up than i care to admit. Maybe i’m spending to much time considering what i’ll have when this all come to an end.

Maybe their critical selves asked questions about the “bums” on the receiving end of these handouts.

Maybe i ask what about them more than what about me.

Maybe their distrustful selves were raising questions about the apostles’ honesty; the church hadn’t appointed auditors yet.

Maybe i’m catching glimpses of what i deem as bad behavior in others more than my own behavior.

In spite of all the maybes their self-serving selves won; they wanted glory without sacrifice, the kudos Barnabas had received without having to pay the price. 

In spite of all the maybes my self-serving self considers, perhaps i want just a little consideration, a little appreciation, a little support.

The actions of Ananias and Sapphira were all about them. They were about doing rather than being! There are three basic truths in life.

Truth about God – They showed contempt for God.

Truth about themselves – They showed themselves as being filled with Vanity and ambition.

Truth about others – They showed total disregard for others by the corruption which they were bringing into the society.

Ephesians 5:10 Try to learn in your experience what is pleasing to God, let your lives be constant proofs of what is most acceptable to Him. Let your lives be so in contrast as to expose and reprove and convict.

When INCREDIBLE people,  make up an INCREDIBLE body, allow God’s INCREDIBLE presence and activity to be expressed in their lives, a watching and waiting world will be drawn to Him!

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