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Faith Filled Friday: Being A Thief

October 9, 2020

by Connie Terpack

Matthew 6:19-21

19: Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal;

20: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through and steal;

21: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Thieves are generally bad. They rob people of what they worked hard to get and often sell it for less than it was worth only to use the money to buy drugs.

Robin Hood was considered a good thief because he stole from the rich to give to the poor. I liked Robin Hood, still do. He was my hero, but robbing made him a bad guy even though his intentions were good. Often the rich guy had cheated the poor man, so Robin Hood was good since he was seeking retribution. I wonder how the law would look at him today?

A lot of robberies often occurred after dark, but I’m not sure about that now. Thieves take advantage whenever they can. Homeowners on vacation? The robber may dress as a gardener and go into the house through the back door. All during the daytime.

You can steal ideas. An employee might steal info from his office computer during his nine to five job. Stealing supplies like pens, pencils, and paper clips is super easy to do.

Have you ever had someone steal your happiness about something? Or maybe take away your dream of becoming an astronaut or doctor?

Robbers come in all shapes and sizes and in any age. My youngest son was around three when he started his life of crime. We would go to the convenience store to pick up a couple things. I’d spend a few minutes talking to the clerk while my son walked around to the front of the display case. Busy chatting, I never noticed the case was open nor how fast he could gobble up a donut. We usually made a weekly trip there. As we were leaving after a visit I saw white powder around his mouth. He told me he ate a donut. I paid for the donut. The clerk made sure the display window was closed from then on!

How many of us steal from God? I do not spend as much time reading my Bible and praying as I should. I put money in the offering plate every time I go to church, but I do not think it covers what I should be tithing.

What other ways do we steal from God?

Most importantly, remember that Jesus will be returning for us one day. You need to ask him to forgive your sins and become your savior now. In Revelation 3:3 he tells us: Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.

Be ready.

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