What is stealing?

“You shall not steal” (Exodus 20:15)

Lets put aside the obvious stuff. What about downloading illegal music? Taking home stationary? Milking expenses? Declaring all taxes due, no shortcuts.

Then what about time, time with God taken by other things? If we wanted to think a little deeper we would all be challenged by areas of stealing. Will you take the time to allow God to show you your heart. You may be surprised.

Do we steal His resources and His time? We are only stewards after all. Are we sowing what He’s asking us to sow and only consuming that which is set apart to bless us?

God’s measure is absolute. Fortunately so His is grace mercy and forgiveness. Make any corrections you need to make and move on.

Quick Prayer. “Enlighten my mind to where I have robbed you or others Lord.” Amen

Crazy Love

“But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.” (Luk 6:35)

I do struggle with God’s logic sometimes. Here again we are called to walk in a way that on the surface is just plain crazy. Why would you do good to your enemies? Lending to someone who hates you just lacks plain common sense.

Yet it is God who says this is the best and wisest way, so who are we to argue with our Creator? He works on the heart of man in strange and mysterious ways. When we walk in forgiveness and mercy, we see God’s hand at work in our own lives. When we do things His way, we are freed from the dark places in our own souls.

God treats the Godly and ungodly with kindness, and so should we.

Quick Prayer: Keep me crazy, Jesus. Amen.

Giving and Hearing

“And said, ‘Cornelius, God has heard your prayer and remembered your gifts to the poor.” (Act 10:31)

This almost sounds like an Old Testament Scripture. Surely our relationship with God is solely based on the forgiveness appropriated by Jesus? Yes, it is; you are quite correct. Yet just as we are forgiven in the measure we forgive others, so God sees our gifts to the poor and other acts and is moved and motivated by the evidence of a transformed heart.

When we are faithful, we are given more. We still reap what we sow even in this time of God’s grace. There are consequences for actions, and He does still test our motivations and obedience. These are not popular concepts, but I have found them to still be true.

Quick Prayer: Thank You that You listen to me as I listen and act well toward others. Amen.