Pastor Tim Romero
Acts 5:3–5 (ESV): "3 But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land? 4 While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? Why is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to man but to God." 5 When Ananias heard these words, he fell down and breathed his last. And great fear came upon all who heard of it."
You might appear to be all in before man but God knows the truth and understand this, He accepts nothing less than 100% of what you bring to offer.
The early church was full of compassionate and loving people.So much so that they took all that they had and used them to help others. They had all things in common. Ananias and Sapphire were in just not all in. They faked out the people by appearing to bring all of their proceeds to the Apostles when they only brought a partial offering. The Holy Spirit saw right through their deception and they were both taken from the land of the living as a result. Their sin was not in how much they brought but what they said they brought. They said they were all in but reality is they were only part way in.
Don't think for a second you can fool the Lord. He knows the thoughts and intents of the heart! If you are going to be in make sure you are all in! God won't accept a partial sacrifice. He requires 100% of whatever it is you come to offer. Whatever you bring to the altar bring it in totality. It's the only acceptable offering.
Father, we thank You for being all in for us. You held nothing back. Praise and honor be to You. May our hearts be 100% in. May we care not about impressing man with our offering. Give us an undivided heart for You and Your glory we pray in Jesus name, amen!