August 1: Don’t Steal Spiritually

Read John 12:5

Judas Iscariot must have been thought to be a man of some integrity because he was in charge of the money bag. Then verse 6 says he was a thief. The New International Dictionary of the Bible says thief is used for anyone who takes someone else’s property. It is interesting that in the law of Moses, thieves who were caught were expected to return twice the amount stolen.

Stealing – there are so many ways to do it. The Promise Keepers movement of the 1990’s, led by Coach Bill McCartney taught that we should do whatever it takes to remove absolutely anything dishonest from our lives. Be a person of integrity in every way., “Little things make a big difference.” (John Wooden)

Always ask yourself, Is it yours?

If you are not sure, don’t take it.

If you lie about your age to save money, are you taking what isn’t yours?

If you cheat on your taxes and take money under the table, are you taking what isn’t yours?

If you take something from work that you did not buy, without permission, and use it personally, are you taking what isn’t yours?

If you call in sick to work, and then go to a ballgame, are you taking what isn’t yours?

“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” Luke 16:10

Wow. What a challenge.

THIEF is a song by Third Day. It’s about a thief who was crucified next to Jesus.

“It’s been so long. Oh, such a long time
Since I’ve lived with peace and rest,

Now I am here, my destination
guess things work for the best.”

Jesus gave us a lesson in forgiveness while He hung there upon the cross suffering, dying for us. The thief said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.” And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:42-43) One of them actually acknowledged that the death penalty put on them was justified (Luke 23:41).

Every kind of stealing is selfish. It takes work and constant reminders that we should try to live a life of utmost integrity.

You can do it!

Tom Weckesser

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