Day 29/260: Read Acts 5
Jealousy. A desire to receive the accolades of peers. Greed for attention and praise. This is not only the story of Ananias and Sapphira, but all too often, this is the story of us.
The early church shared their possessions and distributed to each other when needs were made known. Ananias and Sapphira saw others doing this, and wanted to be included, but when they sold their land they kept part of the money back. They claimed that they had given all, and Peter called them out. “You have not lied to men but to God.”
The result was an immediate punishment from God; both Ananias and Sapphira were struck dead. The impact on the church was widespread.
We need to guard our hearts against jealousy in the church. Rejoice in the accomplishments of others without seeking the steal the spotlight for yourself. Do not lay claim to the good works of others, or lie about your own activities.
Do not seek the praise of your fellow man. Do good to the glory of God and let God reward you, even if no one this side of eternity takes notice.
Memory (Fill in the blanks)
Acts 2:38. Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the _______________ of Jesus Christ for the _______________ of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy _______________.”
Pray for humility in your service to the Lord, seeking glory for Him and not self.