As recorded in the events of Acts 5:1-12 Ananias and his wife Sapphira sold some property but held back a portion of the money for themselves. Then they brought the rest and put it at the apostles’ feet pretending they were giving all they had received. The precise problem here is lying. They didn’t give the full amount they had received but only a portion but wanted people to think they had given it all. Their pride made them want to look good in front of others.
But God knows everything we do; all our thoughts and motives. Peter tells Ananias that he had lied to the Holy Spirit (v. 3) and then explains that he had lied to God (v. 4). This teaches us about the Trinity. That God is the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit; one God in three persons.
I remember putting an office chair together. I had done one of these chairs before but got the instructions out anyway and started with step one. I was struggling to get it together because the screw holes didn’t line up. There were three out of four screws that I got in but the fourth one just wouldn’t fit. Things didn’t line up and when things don’t line up, you don’t have a chance.
It’s the same with our life plan. If it doesn’t fit with what God wants, it’s not going to work. It’s so important that we make sure our life plan lines up with what God has laid out. If so, we are assured of a finished product of great usefulness.
Let us never hold back from God and make sure we line up with His life plan. This day with You Lord, we pray to learn and apply the principles you have given us in the Bible. Lord, we ask that You search inside our soul and clear out what shouldn’t be there so that everything lines up and fits as You build us up with character. Amen!