If we are going to do something we should be doing it wholly and openly.

Joseph, called by the apostles “Barnabas” (which means “Son of Comfort”), a Levite born in Cyprus, sold a field that he owned, brought the money, and made an offering of it to the apostles. But a man named Ananias—his wife, Sapphira, conniving in this with him—sold a piece of land, secretly kept part of the price for himself, and then brought the rest to the apostles and made an offering of it. Acts 4:36-5:2 (The Message)

The story of Ananias and Sapphira begins with Joseph, called Barnabas, doing what was right. He sold a field and openly gave the proceeds to the apostles. Ananias and Sapphira did the same, however, in secret they decided not to give the whole amount. It would have been better if they had not made to do right at all but had honestly kept their land to themselves. The actions of the church weren’t simply a good idea but something that God had given to them to do. By giving half measure and secretly keeping some of the proceeds for their own ends they were not fooling the apostles but trying to fool God. As they were to find out, there is no keeping secrets from God.

I wonder, if today there is anything we are giving half measures in? our prayer life? our generosity? our commitment to community life? our witness to Christ to our friends and family? There is always something in the Christian life we could top up. Take time today to consider what it is that God is asking more of you in. Give it over to him and seek to give full measure.

May our lives reflect the fullness of God today by our commitment to live fully through him. May we give of ourselves so that we may be filled in every part by his Spirit. Amen.

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