Updated: Jan 26
It is interesting how in the first two verses, Luke, the author of Acts, points out not once but twice that Sapphira was as much a part of this act of deceit as her husband. I can’t help but wonder why Ananias and Sapphira felt the need to lie about the amount of money they gave as a result of selling their property. It was their property to do with as they pleased. I assume whatever amount they claimed to have received for the land would be a very generous gift. So again, why lie? Was it to make themselves look better in the apostles’ eyes? They couldn’t possibly think that they were fooling God, could they? It seems like their giving was out of pride and for appearance sake. It is human nature to want recognition. I certainly enjoy a nice pat on the back for doing something good. Peter asks, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart?” Satan knows our human weaknesses and will go after them when given the chance. We need to be careful to not let him get a foothold in areas where we struggle. When we give to others, whether it be of our time or monetary resources, it can be tempting to make sure our deed does not go unnoticed. God, however, sees it differently. He wants our gifts made solely out of a desire to please Him. Jesus addresses this pretty clearly in Matthew 6. God sees everything we do. He knows our thoughts and our hearts. When we give to honor Him and not out of a desire to look good, He is pleased. In 2 Corinthians 9:7, we are told that “God loves a cheerful giver”.
Although we are not privy to the conversations and conspiracy that went on between Ananias and Sapphira, we do know that she was onboard with the deception and lied when Peter asked her about the price of the land. Although the Bible speaks about showing your husband respect, this does not include supporting them on something you know is sinful. If you are in a situation where your husband is asking you to be a part of something you believe is wrong, I would advise you to let him know your feelings about the situation and seek additional counsel if necessary. Perhaps getting your pastor or another trusted Christian involved will help him, as well as you, see the situation more clearly. I realize that some of you may have a husband who is not a believer, which makes things even more difficult. As wives, we should continually pray for our husbands and try to be a positive influence on them.
1. Have you ever given a gift or done a good deed completely anonymously? How did it make you feel?
2. What are things you struggle with wanting to be recognized for?
3. Write down some ways that you can be a positive influence on your husband.