The Freedom of Simplicity; Against Theft and Envy (8th) – Gospel in Life

The Freedom of Simplicity; Against Theft and Envy (8th)

Tim Keller |  June 19, 1994

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  • Stewardship, Generosity and Money
  • The Ten Commandments
Exodus 20:15, Ephesians 4:28
RS 48-14

Ephesians 4:28; Exodus 20:15

“Don’t steal” is one of the Ten Commandments, reminding us to value what belongs to others. This commandment shows us the deep respect we should have for each other as God’s creations. The Ten Commandments are split into two parts: how we relate to God and how we relate to others. The last six commands teach us how to treat others, but they’re based on our relationship with God. Today, many people focus more on social issues instead of belief in God. But our relationship with God is the key to living out these commands.

1. How we’re supposed to live

“Don’t steal” isn’t just about not taking someone’s stuff. It also means not cheating or wasting time and resources. It teaches us to see everything we have as a gift from God, helping us to be responsible and generous. Plus, it shows us that owning a home can help society and make a positive difference in people’s lives.

2. How we can live

Being extremely generous happens when our hearts change to see everything we have as a gift from God, not something we own. This change comes from understanding Jesus’ sacrifice, which makes us see our stuff differently and find happiness in giving. Knowing who we are in Christ and experiencing God’s grace changes what we want, encouraging us to use what we have in ways that honor God.



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