28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.
Today’s verse falls within a practical explanation that Paul gives regarding living out a Christian life.
Paul explains the difference between a life overtaken by the power of sin, as opposed to a life of thriving in the power of Christ.
In the city of Ephesus, theft was likely common. Those who could not support themselves through trade might have lived almost entirely by stealing. This most likely included some of Paul’s readers, before coming to faith in Christ.
The thief was to stop stealing, even if it meant completely changing his life.
Living a Christian life would imply to radically
give up on the lifestyle of sin we had and cling on to a Christ-like lifestyle, so that we can please God and be an instrument God will use to bless others.
God expects us to earn a living in an honest way and share what we have with those who cannot support themselves. The Lord delights greatly in a person who once took advantage of others but now learns to provide for others instead.
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.
Wherever you are, take time to acknowledge God and trust in Him again. Give God your worries. Take a moment to give each thing you are worrying about back to God.