At the apostles’ feet

“You did not lie to us, but to God!” (Acts 5:4). The beautiful account of Barnabas selling a field and laying the proceeds “at the apostles’ feet” is followed quickly by the ugly account of Ananias and Sapphira who followed suit but “brought only a part and laid it at the apostles’ feet.” The problem was not that they did not give the entire amount to the apostles. The problem was that they lied to Peter (and lied to God and lied to the Holy Spirit) by falsely claiming they had indeed given all the proceeds. Why would they lie? It seems to me, they wanted to get the honor, respect, and glory they had seen given to Barnabas, without making the same sacrifice. They were craving the “applause of people,” to use the words of Jesus. Reading this passage, I cannot help but examine my heart for envy and jealousy. Both can be heart poison. Both can lead me places I do not want to go.

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