Acts 5:1-2 Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. With HIS WIFE’S FULL KNOWLEDGE he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles’ feet.
The Church from the time of the Acts of the Apostles has come a long way. Yet, the modern church has not come close to that place in ministry where ALL THE BELIEVERS ARE ONE IN HEART AND MIND. You see, we still live in a very individualistic and materialistic world, and even when we enter into the church scene, things don’t seem to change drastically. But not so in the early church. Their relationships one to another were much more deeper. Not only did they associated spiritually, as brothers and sisters in Christ, but also shared with one another in their material goods. Whatever they did, it was for the common good of their fellow brethren.
But one couple, even though outwardly they seemed GENUINE and GENEROUS, in the real sense, they still struggled with issues…yes, money issues. While it’s true the land belonged to Ananias, when he had made up his mind to sell it, it was a pledge he had made unto the Lord. But when in reality the money transaction was sealed, he felt as if he had made a raw deal. God will understand, I can only imagine him thinking as he kept some of the money for himself. But here is the problem. His wife, Sapphira never tried to convince him otherwise. Of course, she had the opportunity to SPEAK UP, but she preferred to KEEP SILENT and go along with his game. What she didn’t know was she was about to pay a VERY HIGH PRICE not for her direct sin, but for the SIN OF ASSOCIATION.
Ananias and Sapphira’s story may make you and I uncomfortable, if not worse, unnerving. But in the body of Christ, their story is repeated in our midst time and time again. People who we trust, who lead us, people who speak on our behalf at times may not represent our convictions. But instead of standing out to speak and defend our faith, we cowardly keep our cool. And before we know it, we end up being condemned together with them. Yes, we pay the HIGH PRICE OF ASSOCIATING with them by keeping quiet.
Is the Holy Spirit calling you to speak out against the wrong of another? What are your priorities in this matter? Remember: THERE IS NO SAFETY IN NUMBERS. If you do not stand out and speak, the HOLY SPIRIT will speak out for himself.