Since last July, I’ve had the absolute privilege of being the Director of Apex Kids. I have the greatest job in the world. Every day, I get to come alongside families to partner, equip, and encourage them in their walk together with God.
One of my coolest items on my job description is leading our Apex Kid Gatherings. Every weekend, I get to stand on a stage and teach elementary students the Word of God .I get to echo the Gospel from every passage to show how God’s Word reeks with God’s overwhelming grace & mercy for His people.
However, some of these lessons are hard; both to teach and to understand. This weekend’s lesson is no exception. We are talking about Ananias & Sapphira, the husband & wife who tried to trick God and paid the price.
For most, it’s easy to simply keep turning the page and move on to the next chapter or the next lesson. But is that how we want our kids to learn His Word? No, as a matter of fact, that would be selfish. Teaching our kids about God, the Gospel, and His Word is not always easy. But it’s not about doing what’s easy. It’s about doing what is best.
So as a helpful tool to help in the aiding of your family worship time, I wanted to give a deeper teaching guide to help with those difficult stories or doctrinal questions that seem harder to explain.
With that, let’s look at the question at hand for this coming weekend:
“Did Ananias & Sapphira have to die?”
1. There are no secrets with God.
Remember Jonah? He thought he could physically run from God. He even hopped a boat to run away. Yet God found Him. So if God can find someone physically, why do we believe that we can keep sin away from Him? We can’t. Nothing can get past the Holy Spirit. Why? It lives in you! In John 16:13, Jesus Himself says that when the Holy Spirit comes, He will dwell in you. So if the Holy Spirit comes, why do we think we can get away a blatant untruth? For God knows truth, as He is truth. (John 17:17). He reads every section of your heart & soul like an open book. So don’t mislead yourself in thinking you have successfully tricked God. It cannot happen.
2. Sin is a serious matter.
When you read this account, our hearts tend to panic and wait for the lightning bolt to come screaming from the heavens to bring us to a bitter end. Why does that happen? As believers, it’s easy for us to simplify grace. But sometimes we forget where grace came from. In KidLife, we teach that the definition of grace is a gift that we don’t deserve. We don’t deserve that life and the hope that it brings to us, but God poured it out on our hearts. For Ananias & Sapphira, they choose to look inwardly, not because they choose to keep money for themselves, but because they choose to wear the mask as they were like everyone, but deceiving God, whom they promised to give to. They forgot the very essence of repentance. They forgot what they were saved from. They choose to sin and God chose this punishment to remind them of their choice.
3. Fear is an act of grace.
At the moment Ananias and then Sapphira fell dead, the church became struck with fear; not just any fear, but a fear of God. Remember that a fear of God is something that is healthy. It is not just being “scared” or to think that God is not approachable, but it actually creates wisdom (Proverbs 9:10). Holiness and sovereignty demand respect. Since God is ultimately both, He demands the upmost respect. For Ananias & Sapphira’s death, it was a reminder to the church that grace comes in many forms. For the early church, it showed them that the wrath of God is still present and for them not to ever forget what they were saved from and the very price of their sin.