But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession. And he kept back part of the proceeds, his wife also being aware of it, and brought a certain part and laid it at the apostles’ feet. 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? While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.”
Then Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and breathed his last. So great fear came upon all those who heard these things. And the young men arose and wrapped him up, carried him out, and buried him.
Now it was about three hours later when his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. And Peter answered her, “Tell me whether you sold the land for so much?”
She said, “Yes, for so much.”
Then Peter said to her, “How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.” Then immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last. And the young men came in and found her dead, and carrying her out, buried her by her husband. So great fear came upon all the church and upon all who heard these things.
Out of the heart the mouth speaks. We cannot lie to God without consequences. God is truth, lies are of the enemy of our soul. Who was being glorified? The gifts were intended as a gift given in response to the move of the Holy Spirit. Acting as if the gift was their all when in fact it wasn’t was what was wrong here. Putting on a show for the benefit of self and others does not deceive God. It deceives the one putting on the show. We cannot lie to God. The money was laid at the feet of the apostles, but those gifts were given to God, not men. What was the true intent of this gift. Was it to glorify God or self? How subtly the self begins to rise up. If we lie to God, we also lie to self and others and so deceive our selves. “Search me O God and know my thoughts I pray, try me and….see if there be some wicked way in me, lead me in the way everlasting. “ Psalm 139.