Lenten Day 10: STEALING AND LAZINESS
STEALING AND LAZINESS
Memory Verse: LEVITICUS 6:4 ‘Then it shall be because he has sinned, and is guilty, that he shall restore that which he took violently away, or the thing which he deceitfully gotten, or that which was delivered him to keep, or the lost thing which he found.
STEALING is taking another person’s property without permission or legal right and without intending to return it.
LAZINESS is the quality of being unwilling to work or use energy; idleness.
The text which we have here reveals Gods standard on people that take other people’s property without permission and even those who are careless with what is committed into their hands.
The issue is that stealing is a vice of the flesh. It is a product of the Adamic nature which is the nature mankind received from the devil at the fall.
This is the same thing with laziness. The truth is that one of these vices leads to the other. If a person is lazy, he will invariably steal.
So in this study, we will be looking at the root cause of laziness, how it leads to stealing and how to curb this vice.
THE DECEPTION OF LAZINESS
In the Old Testament, the Law had consequences for actions and inactions. Yet it could not solve the problem of mankind.
Instead it revealed more and more the inability of mankind to live by its standards. The issue of stealing creeps into a life primarily because of the desire to satisfy self.
When a person lusts after a thing and the legal and moral price to pay to acquire such a thing appears insurmountable in the estimation of the person, his flesh begins to suggest other ways of acquiring it.
The flesh will increase the price beyond the person’s perceived strength and then the flesh will also increase the person’s desire for such a thing. Hence stealing becomes a natural end game.
The crux of the matter here is the person’s perceived strength. A lot of times, a person actually has the ability to acquire anything within the confines of his true strength if he will put his energies to work.
By energy, it’s not just the person’s raw strength but his capabilities, latent gifts and talents. The problem is that most people do not want to pay the price to groom their energies so it can acquire all they want.
They want everything without having to pay for it. This is the deception of laziness. It is a product of the adamic nature.
DEALING WITH STEALING AND LAZINESS
In order to handle this vice of stealing, one must deal with its twin vice, laziness. This means that once the issue of laziness is handled then stealing loses its appeal.
What makes laziness to continue in the life of any person is that mindset of ease and an entitlement mentality. Until the folly of such mentality is exposed to such a person, laziness will thrive.
So by the power of the word, we know that laziness breeds poverty (Prov. 6:10-11). Any person who acquires anything without paying any price or understanding the cost of what they have come into will never value what they have and will soon lose it.
The adamic nature is so self-indulgent that it doesn’t want to go through any grind. So it is necessary to know that God designed that if any man must eat, he must work.
The knowledge of the Truth will send laziness out of a man’s heart. A desire for a life of integrity will cause a man to work rather than cut corners or steal.
We also need mentors of good example to show brethren that the life of integrity pays in the end. Money stolen can only grow wings and will leave the thief worse than it met him.
Understanding that when one begins to put his strength to work, he can become so productive that can meet the entire person’s needs.
Only wealth acquired honorably can bring satisfaction and fulfillment. Otherwise, whatever money stolen will only breed greed.