But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself?” Acts 5:3 NKJV
The bible does not tell us the amount of money Ananias and Sapphira received for the sale of their property. We do not know what percentage they gave to the work of the ministry and to share with the disciples.
Most of us consider 10% of our income a reasonable amount to give to the church. When we give our 10% we feel we have done our fair share. We feel confident we have not robbed God.
If 10% of our income is what please God the Lord must have been very happy with Ananias and Sapphira. It is safe to say whatever amount they gave was much more than 10%.
Ananias and Sapphira told the same story when they were confronted. They had a plan. They would not have believed the scheme could succeed if they presented anything less than a large percentage of the proceeds to the apostles.
God was not pleased with what I believe was a very large and generous gift to the church. If Ananias and Sapphira had told the truth they would have been praised as examples of generous giving.
God judged Ananias and Sapphira for the intent of their hearts not the size of their gift!
It is possible to do the right things for the wrong reasons.
The Lord sees straight into our hearts. Jesus sees our motivation for the things we do in His name!
Give generously of your time treasure and talent. It pleases your heavenly Father. God wants you to be a cheerful giver not a begrudging thither!
Jesus loves you. The Lord will be pleased with anything you do in His Name if you do it because you love Him!
Jesus wants you to give everything you are and have to Him. That does not mean He wants to take everything away from you. Jesus wants you to be 100% committed to living for Him. Jesus wants you to make 100% of your resources available to Him!
Almighty God owns all the cattle on all the hills in every corner of the world. He wants to bless you and other people through you with the true riches of His Kingdom!
Give from the first fruits of your increase to Jesus. Serve the people of God with integrity and transparency. The Father honors people who honor Jesus!
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