How Much is Too Much?

Acts 5:1-11

“1 Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. 2 With his wife’s full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles’ feet.
3 Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? 4 Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied just to human beings but to God.”

5 When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. And great fear seized all who heard what had happened. 6 Then some young men came forward, wrapped up his body, and carried him out and buried him.

7 About three hours later his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. 8 Peter asked her, “Tell me, is this the price you and Ananias got for the land?”

“Yes,” she said, “that is the price.”

9 Peter said to her, “How could you conspire to test the Spirit of the Lord? Listen! The feet of the men who buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out also.”

10 At that moment she fell down at his feet and died. Then the young men came in and, finding her dead, carried her out and buried her beside her husband. 11 Great fear seized the whole church and all who heard about these events.”

A big question many people have regarding being a follower of Christ is, “Is it wrong to want nice things?” A nice car, big house, designer clothes? At the same time this is can also be a controversial topic. The Lord will bless us with what He wishes us to have. The most important thing is that we do not lose focus of who is giving us these nice things.

The danger in having nice things is that it becomes easier to be consumed by these “nice things”, we begin to seek the blessings rather than seeking God. We are put on earth with a purpose, a purpose that involves spreading the Word of God, so that all people may be redeemed and set free from Sin.

Those who begin seeking blessings and constantly striving to have more “nice things” will go to great lengths, Psalm 10 refers too many of the wicked ways of a man who has become consumed by greed. Such as extorting the weak, deceiving others so that they can obtain these materialistic desires. They believe that through the power of money they can avoid loneliness, unhappiness, and tribulation. They believe the money they obtain can buy them whatever it is their heart desires and they will stop at nothing to get what their heart desires.

What those who are consumed by greed do not understand until they fall into a pit money cannot lift them out of, is that after all the materialistic things fade away they still have a void inside that is not being filled. This void, this feeling inside that longs or something greater is what each of us was created with. This void can only be filled by the Father above. We were created to have a personal, intimate relationship with the Father above, the One and Only Almighty God. No materialistic object can fill this void.

I urge you to devote yourself to seeking God today. Maybe you haven’t noticed that you have slowly turned to seeking blessings rather than seeking God, maybe all you live for is to make money, each situation is equally as bad, make an effort to turn your heart to God today and He will not fail to meet you!


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