Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth – Ephesians 4:28
Every one of us is specially graced and endowed with special talents and abilities by God. All you need do is discover your gifts and use them to the betterment of society. No one is a nonentity. Every human person is ordained of God to fulfil a significant role in the Kingdom and be a blessing to the world. For this reason, no one ought to steal.
When a man resorts to threats and force in dispossessing others of their rightful belongings, he indirectly confesses failure and hopelessness in his own ability to work and become a success. Stealing is a confession of lack of self-dignity. The Bible says, “…he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent” (Proverbs 28:20). People who cheat others and steal to be rich unwittingly destroy their own lives.
The Bible says there’s profit in all labour (Proverbs 14:23). As you faithfully work with your hands that which is good, with the consciousness that you’re rendering service through your work, you’ll surely prosper. You may be a trader, cleaner, teacher, police officer, civil servant or a chief executive; if your goal is to bless others through your work, you’ll be promoted.
Never allow the inordinate desire for money be your driving force. Your job or vocation is your opportunity to bless your world, not essentially for you to make money. Those who steal and defraud others or the nation can’t have permanent success in life. Proverbs 20:17 says, “Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.” Riches come through the wisdom of God; therefore “Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom” (Proverbs 23:4). Embrace the wisdom of God, and be diligent in your work; and riches will come to you.
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Dear Father, thank you for your wisdom that’s at work in me, and for filling me with knowledge and supernatural ideas to do exploits and tremendously improve my life and that of others. I thank you for giving me the opportunity to impact my world with quality and excellence through the work of my hands, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study: Proverbs 10:22; 2 Corinthians 6:10