The Greedy Heart

ACTS 5:1–5--But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession. And he kept back part of the proceeds, his wife also being aware of it, and brought a certain part and laid it at the apostles’ feet. But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit . . . You have not lied to men but to God.” Then Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and breathed his last.

The greed in Ananias and Sapphira kept them from placing their full gift at the apostles’ feet. Because the heart symbolizes the core of being, this means greed was on the throne of this man and woman as individuals and as a couple. The cure for their greed was drastic: the hearts of greed stopped beating.
Ananias and Sapphira both dropped dead when their true heart condition was exposed. You and I might not thud to the floor in physical death when we enthrone greed on our hearts, but coldness and insensitivity
will shroud us.

Leona Helmsley, reportedly owner of prime New York real estate and a convicted tax evader, got herself tagged as one of America’s greediest people. When her 40–year old son died in 1982, Helmsley reportedly sued for his estate, leaving his four adult children $432 each and his widow $2,171.

Don’t let greed make your heart cold as death.


Spiritual Heart Focus

Confess any sin of greed that may be lurking in your heart and receive God's gracious and abundant forgiveness.

Physical Heart Focus

Weight loss involves a two–front assault: Cut the calories and increase the exercise.