Tuesday, January 1
Tell the Truth
What if people knew the worst thing about you? We work so diligently to portray an image of being put together, disciplined, and successful that the idea of people discovering the opposite can be downright terrifying. But I think it’s interesting that the early church had a different idea.
1 But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property. 2 However, he kept back part of the proceeds with his wife’s knowledge, and brought a portion of it and laid it at the apostles’ feet. 3 “Ananias,” Peter asked, “why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the proceeds of the land? 4 Wasn’t it yours while you possessed it? And after it was sold, wasn’t it at your disposal? Why is it that you planned this thing in your heart? You have not lied to people but to God.” 5 When he heard these words, Ananias dropped dead, and a great fear came on all who heard. 6 The young men got up, wrapped his body, carried him out, and buried him. 7 About three hours later, his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. 8 “Tell me,” Peter asked her, “did you sell the land for this price?” “Yes,” she said, “for that price.” 9 Then Peter said to her, “Why did you agree to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.” 10 Instantly she dropped dead at his feet. When the young men came in, they found her dead, carried her out, and buried her beside her husband. 11 Then great fear came on the whole church and on all who heard these things.
Sometimes we think hiding and portraying a false image is the only way we’re going to survive in today’s world. The Scriptures invite us into a totally radical and different way of living. A way that elevates and celebrates not the outside appearance and action, but the interior integrity that comes from living with no secrets.
“Heavenly Father, will you search me and know me as the psalmist states. Would you pour in gloriously freeing light on the places where I put more emphasis on “seeming right,” than “acting with a right motive.” Help put back together the parts of me that are broken and forgive my tendency to shade and distract. In Jesus name, Amen.”
Pick Four More Activities
Listen and Worship.
Pray a Psalm.
Read a Book.
Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
Memorize a Verse.
List Five Things You're Thankful For.