I Should Be Dead

Posted: October 30, 2019 in Meditations
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You have not lied to men but to God. Acts 5:4

Thud, Ananias is dead. His wife, Sapphira, soon follows. Great fear seized the whole church and all who heard about these events. (Acts 5:11) Scary stuff. What happened? This couple wanted the praise that certainly came with dramatic gifts of generosity. Barnabas is remembered for such an act in the previous chapter (4:36). But their love of money made them hoard a portion of the sale for themselves. The result, they told a lie, a deceit that threatened the integrity of a young church. God struck them dead. God extinguished an existential threat and the congregation took notice. You cannot lie to God and get away with it.

Numbers 16 shares the horrific account of a rebellion led by Korah, Dathan and Abiram. These three men brought 250 community leaders with them and challenged the spiritual authority of Moses. You have gone too far! The whole community is holy, every one of them, and the Lord is with them. Why then do you set yourselves above the Lord’s assembly? (Number 16:3) By the end of the day, 14,700 people died from the plague, in addition to those who had died because of Korah. (Numbers 16:49). That was the end of the rebellion.

Do not be deceived; God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. (Galatians 6:7,8)

By the measure of Ananias and Korah, I should have been dead many times over. I’ve been deceitful, manipulative – done so many “good deeds” to receive the praise of others. I remember a dark moment when I asked myself, “How far can I remove myself from God and still come back to the fold?” My stupid arrogance still astounds me. Each sin stole a piece of my heart. I had less and less to offer to my wife and children. I may still be breathing but I was dying. Never forget, sin is death. 

Christ said, in John 10:10, I come that you might have life to the full. This is my experience, my testimony. My pursuit of God makes me a better husband, a better father, a better uncle, a better friend. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. (Galatians 6:9, 10). This is the life of a Christ follower, this is life to the fullest. 

Don’t be afraid, don’t hesitate, God waits. He wants to restore you, he wants you to live life to the fullest. For Those Tears I died, an old hymn, says it better than I ever will. 

Jesus, I give you, my heart and my soul

I know now without God, I’ll never be whole

Savior, you opened all the right doors

And I thank you and praise from Earth’s humble shores

Take me I’m yours!

 

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