What do you think of other people?
What do you hope happens to the other guy?
What are you going to do for that woman?
The natural thoughts that come to our minds as we consider the above questions will largely supply a motivation for how we respond to God’s command – “Do not steal”. We often think that if we haven’t broken into someone’s house or committed grand theft auto, then we are keeping this command but God has much more in mind here. God knows that if our heart is in line with his we will live in a way that would “invest” in others instead of taking from them.
I could put forth a pretty solid argument that virtually nothing is so naturally offensive to God than stealing. God just gives and gives. When we think of grace and mercy we can’t help but see how aggressively God stands against taking in any way that could be comparable to stealing. When God takes away it is always ultimately to give something better.
Jesus wants us to clearly understand what He desires to bring to us. From beginning to end Jesus came to heal us and bring us what we need. Jesus is all about giving us life no matter what it will cost Him. People matter, you matter to Jesus.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. -John 10.10
This is one of the ways in which Jesus calls us to be like Him. Join Him in blessing others in every way that you can. Our very lives are to be a continuation of the work of Jesus. If this is a new perspective for you or a time to confess failure – well, do it and enjoy following Jesus.
Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. -Ephesians 4.28
This is described in a very accessible way in our small catechism that we use for Confirmation.
“You shall not steal.”
What does this mean?
We should fear and love God, so that we do not take our neighbor’s money or goods, nor get them in any dishonest way, but help him to improve and protect his goods and means of making a living.
Let’s bring life to each other,
Pastor Nick Mundis