Real. Not a Religion

Real. Not a Religion.

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

Many people’s faith was largely a set of rules or traditions. Some brought this perspective when they responded to the Gospel.

Consider the attitude of Ananias and his wife, Sapphira. On the surface, they might have seemed like model believers. But in fact, in their hearts, they were deceptive.

Believers demonstrated the depth of their conviction by sharing resources during this time. Some sold land “and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet” (v. 2).

Ananias and Sapphira appeared to share that commitment. But other believers did not know that Ananias “kept back some of the price for himself” (v. 3). However, Peter, inspired by the Spirit, knew that they had been under satanic influence.

The price they paid was severe: Both Ananias and Sapphira died as the result of their deception. The church was shocked. And with their death, “great fear came over all who heard of it.”

Believers were learning that following Jesus was not a religion or a set of rules. This was not about appearances or getting praise. This was about a real relationship with God. He was serious about their lives. Lying to other believers and to the Holy Spirit was, and is, a serious sin.

These are critical lessons every believer should learn today. Always remember to be honest with God. Be humble before Him. Develop a personal relationship with Him. Be sure that you are in tune with His Spirit.