TRUTH: Putting on the New Self – Stealing


In the post TRUTH: How to Put on Your New Self II, we listed the attributes that were reflective of the new self. They were the things that we were to do or not do. To remind us, let me give you what Paul outlines as some of those new attitudes to apply to our lives.

  • v 25 – put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor
  • v 26 – do not let the sun go down while you are still angry
  • v 27 – do not give the devil a foothold
  • v 28 – do not steal any longer, work to give/share with those in need rather than taking
  • v 29 – do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but speak only what is helpful for building up others in conjunction with their needs. Also speak what is beneficial to the listener
  • v 30 – do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption
  • v 31 – get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice
  • v 32 – be kind and compassionate (tender-hearted) to one another, forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave you

Today, we move on to another act to put on the new self. The old self did not work and stole. No where in this world is it an acceptable norm to steal. In the most advanced or in the most primitive societies, stealing is seen as wrong. That is the obvious. What else is this verse telling us. It is a condemnation against not putting forth effort to do all you could for self and not take from others because of one’s inactivity or lack of effort. In today’s term, I call it the get over. One is looking to take advantage of any situation where one can get something for doing nothing. In a connected society, a person of this ilk is seen solely as a consumer not producer, a taker and a giver. TRUTH: Putting on the New Self – Stealing

Ironically, the new self that is espoused in work gives another reason to work. It moves beyond self to other. It is clear that we need to work to build and demonstrate character and to provide for our own needs or the needs of those of our family. Here, Paul expands our notion of the purpose of work. He shares God’s purpose  for work is to give also. Acts 20:35 undergirds this notion. It says, “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ” Again in Galatians 6:10, Paul accentuates this notion in work. Paul says, “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” TRUTH: Putting on the New Self – Stealing

The new self does not steal, but he/she works with his/her hands.  Providing for self is not the sole motivation for work for the one being transformed by the renewing of one’s mind. It is not the motivation for the one who has surrendered for Christ. For the new self, one works also to give to those who have needs. The Apostle Paul presents a new idea for work – to give. One’s purpose now is not to get solely for self but one gets to give. TRUTH: Putting on the New Self – Stealing

 

 

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