DEVOTION – DAY 45

Acts 5:7-9 – “The sin of hypocrisy”

 

Acts 5:7-9: “About three hours later, his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. Peter asked her, “Tell me, is this the price you and Ananias got for the land?” “Yes,” she said, “that is the price.” Peter said to her, “How could you conspire to test the Spirit of the Lord? Listen! The feet of men who buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out also.”

 

What was the sin that Ananias and Sapphira committed that God caused them to die? Ananias and Sapphira sold some property and pretended to give everything they had from the sale to the Church. In reality, they had only given a portion and kept part of it for themselves. They were guilty of hypocrisy and wanted everyone to think that they were more generous than they actually were. God dealt with them severely because

1) the sin of deceit would spread if left unpunished,
2) people may think they could sin and get away with it and
3) these were the early days of the Church and God wanted His people to know that He did not tolerate sin lightly.

What about us? Have we been guilty of hypocrisy?  Like Ananias and Sapphira, we may have been guilty of pretending to be something we are not. Have we appeared to be religious and “holy” for others to see but when we think no one is looking, we have been guilty of looking at pornography? Have we told people we are fine when we are not? Have we told others our marriage is going well when in reality, our marriage is facing difficulties? Have we been trying to keep a certain lifestyle that we cannot afford in order not to “lose face” in front of our peers? We may not mean to set out to be hypocrites but it is so easy to be guilty of hypocrisy without realizing it. When we do that, we become like Ananias and Sapphira. When we live a lie, a part of us die spiritually. The sin of lying or the sin of hypocrisy forms a barrier between us and God and it affects our relationship with Him. God hates sin and sin must be dealt with quickly.

So, what must we do? We must repent. We must not deny that we have sinned. Ananias and Sapphira denied that they had sinned and God had to deal with them. God is merciful to us and when have sinned, we must confess and repent. We must live honestly and not continue to live a life of deceit. Then, we can trust that God will restore us and forgive us. We can enjoy a renewed relationship with the Living God.

 

Let us pray: Heavenly Father, thank you for your grace and mercy. Forgive us for the times when we have pretended to be something we are not. Help us to live humbly and honestly always. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

 

Questions

  1. Do you have a hidden sin that you think no one knows? God knows everything. Will you confess and repent of this sin?
  2. Have you been guilty of pretending to be something you are not? Will you ask God to forgive this act of hypocrisy so that you are cleansed of this sin?
  3. God is merciful and forgiving and He does not want sin to stand in the way of an open relationship with Him. Do you believe this and will you act on it?