Sermon Quotes: Work To Have To Give

“Stealing threatens the social order and causes pain to others by undermining the ability to possess with sure access things that are useful and needful. The food thief makes others go hungry; the work animal thief interrupts farming; the kidnapper tears apart a family; the clothing thief makes another suffer from the sun or the cold.” Douglas K. Stuart

“Stealing may convince others that the Lord “is of no help or that his laws are impossible to keep. It may also suggest that God’s worshipers are hypocrites.” Bruce Waltke

“I can understand how [mothering] might exhaust the mind, but I cannot imagine how it could narrow it. How can it be a large career to tell other people’s children about arithmetic, and a small career to tell one’s own children about the universe? How can it be broad to be the same thing to everyone, and narrow to be everything to someone? No; a woman’s function is laborious because it is gigantic, not because it is minute. I will pity Mrs. Jones for the hugeness of her task; I will never pity her for its smallness.” G. K. Chesterton

“In echoing the commandment (let the thief no longer steal), the apostle goes beyond the prohibition and draws out its positive implications. It is not enough that the thief stops stealing. Let him start working, doing honest work with his own hands, earning his own living. Then he will be able not only to support himself and his family, but also to give to those in need. Instead of sponging on the community as thieves do, he will start contributing to it. And none but Christ can transform a burglar into a benefactor!” John Stott

“Notice in that verse the three possible orientations to wealth. First, we can be thieves, gaining wealth through sinful means. Second, we can forsake theft, doing honest work with our hands so that we gain wealth honorably. Finally, we can receive wealth from honest work so that we can share with others, being generous with what God had provided through our labor. Steal, work to have, work to have to give—these are the three options, and only the last one reflects the nature of the giver of all good things.” Joe Rigney

“It is well known that Christ was crucified between two thieves. But as far as God’s justice was concerned, there were really three thieves on the cross that day: two who died for their own crimes and one who took our sins upon himself.” Phil Ryken