Have you ever stolen something?
I’ve always hated that question. Mostly because I have to own up—yes, I have.
I took penny candy from the Fast Food Market in grade school.
Last week I even took a pen from the office where I was taking a class the other day.
I took a few extra minutes on my break a couple of jobs back.
I took five extra miles per hour on my way to the meeting I’m at.
I robbed someone of a blessing by declining their kind offer of assistance.
I robbed God of his glory by not giving him the credit due, or sharing his love.
I don’t think I’m in this boat alone. We could probably all own up to taking what isn’t ours. That’s what makes this commandment so important.
But why are we so prone to take what isn’t ours? More on that in Friday’s Sermon Seeds.
Prayer thoughts: Father God, this rule is hard. And the reasons we take are only symptoms of a greater heart issue. Help us to trust that you really do give us what we need so we can turn from this insatiable consuming greed—thinking we need more than we do. I want to be done with that apple. I want to bask in your lavish love and ample provision. Now, and always. Amen.