Acts 5:8-9 Peter asked her, “Tell me, is this the price you and Ananias got for the land?” “Yes,” she said, “that is the price.” 9 Peter said to her, “How could you agree to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look! The feet of the men who buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out also.”
Picture this situation: A little kid has been told to stay out of the cookies. He comes into the room and his mother asks him, “Did you get into the cookies?” With jam and crumbs all over his mouth, he says, “No I didn’t.” It is both funny and serious. Funny, in that the little kid doesn’t realize the truth is evident on his face; and serious in that he knows he did something wrong and is trying to cover it up.
Unfortunately, if the lying isn’t dealt with, it will lead to him learning to wipe the jam and crumbs off his mouth before he leaves the cookies. It becomes ‘easier’ to hide his lying. As he grows older the questions become more serious: Where are you going? Where have you been? Have you done your homework? Did you cheat? Where did this come from? What time did you get home? Are you doing drugs? Were you drinking? What websites are you visiting? – and the list goes on.
The news these days seems to be filled with situations where people are found out to be lying. It’s almost as though telling the truth is something foreign. People do things they know they shouldn’t and then lie to cover it up. It becomes a way of life. Where it really hurts is when individuals who have proclaimed their faith in Christ are found guilty of it.
Ananias and his wife Sapphira sold property to give the proceeds to the church. But instead of giving all the proceeds, they withheld some and represented their gift as being the entire amount. It cost both of them their lives! They died when confronted by the truth. Scripture says that “great fear seized the whole church and all who heard about these events.”
Suppose at any time, in any situation, someone we know or someone in authority might ask us a similarly pointed question regarding actions we have taken or words we have said. Further suppose that a false answer on our part could cost us our lives. Is there anything in our lives that comes to mind that must be dealt with? Lies and untruth cannot be a part of our lives. If they are, repent; seek the Lord and get help from mature believers. Remember, God’s view of such things hasn’t changed from the days of Ananias and Sapphira. We must be lovers of the truth!