“Now Joseph, a Levite and native of Cyprus who was surnamed Barnabas by the apostles, which interpreted means Son of Encouragement. Sold a field which belonged to him and brought the sum of money and laid it at the feet of the apostles.” Acts 4:36-37
In our verse today we see that rich landowners, like Barnabas, who had converted to Christianity sold their lands to share it with the apostles and other believers. They gave from their heart.
In chapter 5 of Acts we see the story of Ananias and Sapphira who also sold land to give to the believers, their offering was different. While the fact that they wanted to give the money from the sale of this land was good, their motive wasn’t. The Lord always looks at the heart, the attitude or reason why we do something. In verse 5:2 of Acts we see that the couple connived to keep back some of the proceeds. It is apparent from this that they had said they were giving it all but didn’t, they lied. If they had been truthful and just stated that they would give a portion then that would have been truthful, it was the conniving and lying that did them in. Peter confronted them about it, as God had revealed it to him, and they paid a heavy price – death.
Jesus said in John 4:24, “God is a Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.”
People may not know when you are lying, you may not know when people are lying, but God always knows.
Live life from the heart and worship Him every day in spirit and in truth.