Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need. Ephesians 4:28
This is pretty elementary — you took something and it’s not yours. You borrowed something and haven’t given it back. That’s called theft in any language. I remember when I first came to the Lord (almost 17 years ago) the thought of taking home a paper clip from work bothered me, not so much now. It’s true, yet it should bother me, and I guess considering I’m mentioning it, it does.
That’s a good thing. God’s working in me to be more like Him. Faithful in little, faithful in much. I’m paraphrasing but, yes, Luke 16:10 confirms this truth. I need to go buy some paper clips for the love of God. Yes, “for the love of God.” It’s not the cost of a paper clip that’s the issue, it’s the heart behind it.
God’s a giver, not a taker. Ephesians 4:28 talks about working what is good so that…so that…we/I might have something to give him who has need. I don’t often think that way, but I’d like to… because He does.
God so loved the world that He gave His only Son (John 3:16). No one ever has or ever will give more – He gave His only Son and took my sin. He doesn’t use people to meet His needs. He meets our needs and sometimes He uses people to do that. What an honor to be used by God.
Thankful for HIM,
Dina Seaton has served on staff for 15 years, currently in Partner Care. She is a proud Air Force mom and loves spending time with her son wherever he is, near or far. He is truly her greatest joy. Dina came to Christ in 2000. She loves God and wants to love Him more!