Thursday, March 21, 2018
Read Exodus 20:15
“You shall not steal.”
and John 10:10, Jesus said:
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
Socrates said that “no one knowingly commits an evil action, evil is turned into good in the mind. The thief convinces himself that he has a right to the object he desires. He needs it more than the other does. It is rightfully his.” The psychology of a thief!
Have you ever stolen anything? Most of us did as little kids. A child is usually unaware of the depth of the offense until a parent prompts him/her to take back the candy or whatever shiny thing was stuck in their pocket. An adult may take supplies for the office or embellish deductions on their Income Tax Return, or worse. It’s all the same, just a matter of degree. Steal, kill and destroy rather than live in true abundance.
The problem is a distorted belief system that wounds others for our benefit. It’s rooted in one or all of the following:
- I deserve more than I have;
- I deserve to have “it” now;
- God will not provide what I need, so I need to take it;
- A delay in having it is intolerable (unwilling to sit with delayed gratification);
- I deserve what another has – they don’t (or they can afford the loss).
The challenge in every instance is “I” comes before “You.” You are sacrificed that I might be satisfied. The message of the gospel is that Christ sacrificed himself to save and satisfy you. The result was eternal life for us and everlasting joy for Jesus and us.
In the end, we must choose to hurt others for our gain, or we can trust that it is more blessed to give than to receive.
Father, in a world that is often driven by greed, excess and an insatiable appetite to have, make my heart content in You and willing to give. Amen.