In the end, sin never wins. According to the Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Ananias, the high priest who presided over the Apostle Paul’s trial in Acts 23, was “known for his avarice [greed] and liberal use of violence. . . . He confiscated for himself the tithes given the ordinary priests and gave lavish bribes to Romans and also Jews. He was a brutal and scheming man, hated by Jewish nationalists for his pro-Roman policies.” During the war with Rome, Ananias fled for his life, seeking refuge in an aqueduct (an underground water reservoir). He was found and killed by Jewish Zealots. It’s hard to feel sorry for Ananias. I believe this wicked man had it coming.

The wages of sin is death. Because all are sinners, we will all die unless we are taken to Heaven in the Rapture. Still, the life we live may hasten our demise. Solomon said, “It shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow.” Many sinful people operate on the principle that they have free rein to engage in sin because God will not deal with it. (Or they dismiss their behavior on the grounds that God has already forgiven them.) But as Ananias learned, sin has a way of catching up to us. It’s called the Law of Sowing and Reaping.

Maybe you think you can get away with a secret sin in your life. Perhaps you feel that because you do not struggle with “major” sins, you are acceptable in God’s eyes. I submit to you whether great or small, all sin will be punished. All sin affects others. All sin has the potential of leading to death. Take heed what you sow, for God’s harvest is coming.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.