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The Easy Way

By Carolyn Patterson
 
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010

Scripture Verses
Acts 5:1-11

 1Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. 2With 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.

 3Then 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? 4Didn'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."

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

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

 9Peter 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."

 10At 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. 11Great fear seized the whole church and all who heard about these events.

Devotion
It's soooooooo tempting.  "Really, who's it gonna hurt?"  "Nobody will even notice."  "Seriously, everybody does it."  "It's not that big of a deal."  "You see, you deserve it." 

He whispers sweetly in our ear, and willingly we listen.  A little corner cut here, another there.  This company doesn't pay me enough anyway.  It's not worth the effort.

Truly the way is wide and easy and slippery that leads to destruction (Matthew 7:13-14).  Ananius and Sapphira found out the truth of that a little too late. 

Still, every day I'm tempted too by that broad welcoming gate, the easy path.  Sometimes I go in.  I'm no better than he was.  I'm no better than she was. 

I see my sin before me.

And, I see my Savior who gave up his life to save me from that sin and from utter destruction.  My heart aches with remorse.

Prayer
Have mercy on me and change me into your likeness, Jesus.  Create in me a clean heart, O God. Take not your Holy Spirit from me.