Summary: Why do christians get caught up in spiritual competition? It usually leads to hypocrisy and many times ends up even worse. Take a deeper look at this matter that is a revival stopper or a revival maker.
The Plot that went to Rot
1 ¶ Pero cierto hombre llamado Ananías, juntamente con Safira su mujer, vendió una posesión. (SRVA)
1 ¶ But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, (KJV)
2 Con el conocimiento de su mujer, sustrajo del precio; y llevando una parte, la puso a los pies de los apóstoles. (SRVA)
2 And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles' feet. (KJV)
3 Y Pedro dijo: --Ananías, ¿por qué llenó Satanás tu corazón para mentir al Espíritu Santo y sustraer del precio del campo? (SRVA)
3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? (KJV)
4 Reteniéndolo, ¿acaso no seguía siendo tuyo? Y una vez vendido, ¿no estaba bajo tu autoridad? ¿Por qué propusiste en tu corazón hacer esto? No has mentido a los hombres, sino a Dios. (SRVA)
4 Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. (KJV)
5 Entonces Ananías, oyendo estas palabras, cayó y expiró. Y gran temor sobrevino a todos los que lo oían. (SRVA)
5 And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things. (KJV)
6 And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him. (KJV)
7 Después de un intervalo de unas tres horas, sucedió que entró su mujer, sin saber lo que había acontecido. (SRVA)
7 And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in. (KJV)
8 Entonces Pedro le preguntó: --Dime, ¿vendisteis en tanto el campo? Ella dijo: --Sí, en tanto. (SRVA)
8 And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much. (KJV)
9 Y Pedro le dijo: --¿Por qué os pusisteis de acuerdo para tentar al Espíritu del Señor? He aquí los pies de los que han sepultado a tu marido están a la puerta, y te sacarán a ti. (SRVA)
9 Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out. (KJV)
10 De inmediato, ella cayó a los pies de él y expiró. Cuando los jóvenes entraron, la hallaron muerta; la sacaron y la sepultaron junto a su marido. (SRVA)
10 Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband. (KJV)
11 Y gran temor sobrevino a la iglesia entera y a todos los que oían de estas cosas. (SRVA)
11 And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things. (KJV)
The church was in revival and things were going well. The devil tried to destroy what God was doing from without. It was not working. So he changed his tactic to work from within.
A man once yoked two lions together and drove them through the streets of Rome; but there is no human power that can ever yoke together the Lion of Judah and the Lion of the Pit.
I. The Sin of Two church members
Ananias and Sapphira were good, regular church going folk.
In Acts 4, Bernabe sold some of his land and gave the money to the church.
This gave Bernabe a great testimony to all those around him. It also caused some others to want to do likewise.
The problem was that some selfishness and greed got in the way.
A. It provoked a conspiracy.
Ananias and Sapphira got together and planned how they were going to do it and what they were going to say to the rest of the church.
B. It produced hipocrisy.
They pretended to be more spiritual than they really were.
Hipocrisy was something Jesus dealt with time and time again, esp. with the religious leaders of His day. He did openly rebuke them for this sin.
We need to be God-pleasers and not men-pleasers.
30 He must increase, but I must decrease. (KJV)
30 A él le es preciso crecer, pero a mí menguar. (SRVA)
C. It Revealed their Hidden Sin
13 ¶ El que encubre sus pecados no prosperará, pero el que los confiesa y los abandona alcanzará misericordia. (SRVA)