Summary: What do you do when you can
When Christians Disappoint Us
July 11, 2010 New Liberty Christian Church with Rich McQuinn, Minister
TEXT: ACTS 5:1-11
Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. With his wife’s full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostle’s feet. 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 from the land? 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 to men, but to God. When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. And great fear seized all who heard what had happened. Then the young men came forward, wrapped up his body and carried him out and buried him. 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 replied, this is the price. Peter said to her, how could you agree to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look! The feet of the men who buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out also. 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. Great fear seized the whole church and all who heard about these events.
INTRODUCTION: I want you to get a good look as to who is sitting around you. Look at the ones in front, behind and beside you. Chances are they are going to disappoint you sometime in your life. Those Christians that you pal around with, or do business with, those you trust, even your Elders, Deacons, Sunday School teachers and the Preachers. Disappointment is bound to happen. We are all human.
Christians are folks who follow the teaching of their Lord. They pledge their life, heart, money to the cause of Christ. Most are sincere. Most are truthful. Most try not to sin. There are a few who mismanage their bond, their word as a man or woman, or they just plain lie about it. Jesus says, by watching people and listening to them, by the fruit they bare, you will know what they are like.
Our text this morning is about two people who suffered from that nasty sin called greed. This is what happens when greed enters a picture. Remember that the love of money is the root of all evil.
There are folks who are members of all churches who have money. Lots of money, but they think at times that their money can run the church. They are like a spoiled brat who may not get his way and takes his marbles and goes home. In this case too much, those who want to rule their church by the ransom of their money turns out to be nothing more than the power of greed.
If you do not do what I say, then we will stop giving to the church and the church will fold because you will not have enough to run the budget. For heavens sake! This is God’s church. God does the leading. Amen. We are His servants. He does not need us, we need Him!