Exodus 20:15, “You shall not steal.”
Leviticus 19:11, “You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another.”
Deuteronomy 5:19, “You shall not steal.”
Do not steal. A very simple instruction and yet is so often committed. According to Strong’s Concordance, the word steal in the Greek is translated into klepto /klep’-to, which means to filch, to pilfer, take, or loot. This is where we get the word, “kleptomaniac” and “kleptomania.” This is a disorder that causes people to want to take things that are not theirs.
Stealing is not limited to a taking of goods. Stealing can also refer to taking time or taking money. When performing work at your job, you are to do an honest day of work. If you are on the clock, you are to work and if you are on break, you are to take a break. So many people I have worked with will not work all day long and this is stealing. If a person is being paid for a service, the work needs to be done. Two things can occur if work is not being done: stealing time from your employer and stealing from God. This is wrong.
Benjamin Franklin once said, “Time is money.” If time is being stolen, then money is being stolen. This is not honorable to God. When a man works, he should be paid for the work that he has done. No more and no less than what is completed. That is the deal and anything that varies from that is stealing. This is why contracts occur. To make sure that people do what they say they will do.
Stealing is closely related to lying as listed in Leviticus. Lying and cheating are both untruthful. This is completely opposite of Jesus, who always told the truth. Jesus actually said in John 14:6 that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. God is truth. God cannot lie and cannot steal. He also deals fairly with us. The wages that God could charge us for sin is death, but because of Jesus, our wages are life (Romans 6:23).
People turn around try to steal from God. This is done by taking time from God. Everyone should spend time in the Bible and also being praying and talking to God. Through the busyness of life, people “forget” about God. We forget to pray, we forget to read the Bible, we forget to talk to God. We forget about God. Making time for God is paramount. Everyone is guilty of putting God second or third or lower at one time or another. Giving time to God is truly important. God made time to send the Savior, Jesus, to save us from sin and death. We should make time for God.
Don’t rob God of the time that He deserves. God is a jealous God. Everyone is given 24 hours in a day. What we choose to do with those hours is important. Make sure that God gets the time He should have. In my family, we make sure to take time to pray and talk to God. We also hold a daily Bible study. My wife and I make sure to show our children that God is worthy of our time, even if we are “busy”. Never be too busy for God.
Do you steal from God? Unfortunately, we do. We need to be more aware of how we spend our time. Make sure to take time in the Word of God. Make sure to talk to God. Make sure to pray often. That is what God wants. That is what we need. This is how God’s creation should be.
Thank You for Your lesson about stealing. We know that taking things that are not ours is wrong but stealing is so much more complex than that. Thank You for not stealing from us. You are always there for us. You even sent Jesus to die on the cross to save us from our sins. For this great gift, we owe You our time and also our lives. We are nothing without You. You are everything. Thank you for being You. You only are worthy.
In Your truthful name we pray,