1 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession. 2 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. 3 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? 4 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.”
5 Then Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and breathed his last. So great fear came upon all those who heard these things. 6 And the young men arose and wrapped him up, carried him out, and buried him.
7 Now it was about three hours later when his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. 8 And Peter answered her, “Tell me whether you sold the land for so much?”
She said, “Yes, for so much.” Acts 5:1-8
We are no strangers to the above mentioned passage of the Bible. We dread to do anything that this couple did for the fear of bearing the same fate. But almost all of us, including myself, are not much different than them. All of us, almost every day, do exactly what this believing couple did some 2000 years ago.
We so often and mindlessly confess saying, “Jesus, You are my Lord. You are my God. You mean the world to me.” And yet we restrict God from many areas of our lives. We haven’t surrendered it to the Lord. We want to be in charge of some aspects and may be those are the things that the Lord wants us to give up.
The question Peter asked Ananias was “While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control?” I thought to myself, what if Ananias would have said, “I sold the land for this sum and I have brought this part of it’, wouldn’t that be acceptable? After all, it was his decision to sell the land and it was completely in his control.
Maybe today Jesus looks at us and is asking, “When you did not know me as Lord and Savior, wasn’t your life yours to control and even when you confessed me as Lord and Savior of your life, did I snatch it away from you?” The Lord never forcefully took our life away from us; instead He gave us freedom in this new life. Still, we hide our lives from Him.
It is almost like we say, God you are most welcome to be Lord over my life but let me handle my finances myself. Or, Lord you can deal with my anger issue but don’t work on the lust in my life; I’ll take care of it myself. Lord, please intervene in my marriage but we aren’t ready to forgive each other yet. We sing glorious songs in church on Sunday mornings but the rest of the week, the Lord keeps knocking on the door of our hearts and we don’t let Him in.
As children of the Most High God, we have forgotten is that He is not only our Father, but He Lord which means owner, not partially or occasionally but always. He owns you and me.
I would like to encourage you to give Him all of us and all of our lives. Just as the psalmist wrote “23Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” Psalms 139:23-24. May it be our whole hearted prayer and may God, in the true sense of it, be The LORD of our lives.