In verses 12-14, Luke describes the reaction of people who experienced the many miracles of the apostles.
They were impressed but afraid of the punishment Ananias and Sapphira experienced.
Becoming a Christian was not something to be done lightly.
The story of Ananias and Sapphira, in verses 1-11, is shocking and disturbing.
They sell some property and conspire to keep a portion of the profits for themselves.
They lie about the purchase price and are struck dead.
Peter asks, ”Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal?”
It’s better to be honest and keep your stuff than to sugar-coat your generosity and pretend you’re better than you really are.