As I read the ten commandments, when I came to stealing I kind of bristled. Who steals? Isn’t this table stakes? Kid-in-the-candy-store stuff? Well, it turns out that all of us should watch what we steal, and consider who the thief is. Choose abundant life instead!
“You shall not steal.”
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
It is interesting to look at the command to not steal in light of who the thief is. Satan is the one who comes to steal and destroy our lives. He will steal our innocence and our attention and even the word of God off the path of our lives (read the parable of the Sower in Mark 4).
Do you steal? Most of us would definitely say that we don’t. This is life boundary for us. We don’t steal. It’s despicable. Right?
Well, the biggest area of theft among those of us who are above stealing is the theft of time. We all work. Whether it’s job work, school work, house work, homework, or yard work, we work. And when we don’t work our full hours or put our full effort into our work, we short-change the person for whom we work.
Newsflash – that person is God. You might be employed by a company, yet your work is unto the Lord, right?
23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
Don’t steal from God… in fact, pursue the full and abundant life that Jesus offers in contrast to the destruction which comes at the hand of the thief. Jesus didn’t come for me to be a thief or to live a life of destruction. He came for me to have life.