“1 But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, 2 and kept back some of the price for himself, with his wife’s full knowledge, and bringing a portion of it, he laid it at the apostles’ feet. 3 But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back some of the price of the land? 4 “While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not under your control? Why is it that you have conceived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.” 5 And as he heard these words, Ananias fell down and breathed his last; and great fear came over all who heard of it.” Acts 5:1-5
When Ananias and Sapphira resorted to superficiality in their giving, God killed them. Some joke about saying something contrary to God’s will, they make bold statements, and say, “God strike me dead”. Be careful about that. Life is a gift from God. God can give life and add years to our life and He can take it away too, 2 Kings 20:1-6. Job said, “The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away” which refers to God taking away many things away from us if He so wills, Job 1:21. God took the life of David’s child and David mourned the loss. Herod was killed by God because he did not honor God at the right time. “21 On an appointed day Herod, having put on his royal apparel, took his seat on the rostrum and began delivering an address to them. 22 The people kept crying out, “The voice of a god and not of a man!” 23 And immediately an angel of the Lord struck him because he did not give God the glory, and he was eaten by worms and died.“, Acts 12. God gives and He takes away life.
Point: don’t think God can’t take a life. If we give only for show and if we only do our works of righteousness to please men, I shudder to think of the consequences.