2015-07-26 - The Eighth Commandment
None of Us Steal ... Do We?
I think we have already seen we all have probably stolen, at one time or another. But I don’t think we always do so consciously. About the only area many of us may at one time or another have had to deal with the reality of the issue, is in the work place, specifically focusing on the use of our time.
I know I’ve felt, at one time or another, maybe I wasn’t being as productive as I should be. Sometimes I would rationalize away the thought. Other times, I would accept that I was stealing, and I would therefore strive to be more responsible. Also, in the workplace most have taken home a few sheets of paper or an eraser, or used the fax or photocopy machine for personal business. “After all, the office wouldn’t miss these little things, and considering how underpaid I am, I’m entitled.” What is worse, is sometimes in these situations, we don’t even realize that we are taking what isn’t ours.
We are again talking about the reality of sin in our lives. We have talked about the need to take sin seriously, and to set holiness as our goal. Our comfort, in the middle of all of this, comes from the knowledge of our forgiveness.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9 ESV).
But here, the key to forgiveness for all unrighteousness, is to repent and ask for forgiveness for those sins we are aware of. We must learn to recognize we have been guilty of stealing.
Maybe the thing we have stolen the most frequently is the honor of the Lord. We represent ourselves as believers, as His ambassadors. But sometimes we fall and don’t live up to our position. Do people sometimes look at us and say: “If that is what being a Christian means, I don’t want any part of it?”
To be Continued.
Pastor Geoff Kragen
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