You shall not steal
Topic: Sunday Message Verse: Exodus 20:15
Keeping the TEN
I try to keep the TEN either to become accepted by God OR because I am accepted by God through Jesus.
"Become" vs. "Because"
A "become accepted" attitude focuses on my failures. It produces frustration in me and leaves me feeling insecure. My approach to the TEN is "I HAVE to" (necessity). A "because I'm accepted" attitude focuses of Jesus and His perfection. It leads me to freedom and I go through life confidently. My approach to the TEN is "I WANT to" (love).
Exodus 20:15 NIV
"You shall not steal.
Prod & Protect #1
(1) Prods us to LOVE OTHERS while protecting us from SELF-CENTEREDNESS
Romans 13:9-10 NIV
The commandments, "You shall not commit adultery," "You shall not murder," "You shall not steal," "You shall not covet," and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: "Love your neighbor as yourself." Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
Prod & Protect #2
(2) Prods us to HONEST WORK while protecting us from DISHONEST GAIN
Ephesians 4:28 NIV
Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.
Stealing: Three Main Ways
(1) Forceful Stealing; (2) Secretive Stealing; (3) Deceptive Stealing
A Word about Restitution
Restitution is essentially an act of restoration on our part to right a wrong we’ve previously done to someone else. In the case of stealing, it’s returning what you’ve taken or making some kind of financial reparation. And it’s something you do, not because you’ve been caught nor because you’ve been ordered by the courts to do it. No, you seek to make restitution because God’s laid it on your heart and it's the right thing to do.
"What’s yours is mine" (stealing) --> "What’s mine is mine" (ownership) --> "What’s mine is God’s" (stewardship). Stewardship is a recognition that what I “own” really belongs to God. The word “stewardship” means to “manage in a wise and productive manner," and not just for my own needs, but also for the benefit of others, both within and outside my circle of care.
Acts 20:34-35 NIV
You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions. In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"