Number 3 is Thefts.
Immediately, I am thinking thefts could be endless. O! the things we can steal! And I am thinking of the initial, main thief; the one who steals from us and encourages us to steal from one another.
John 10:10 (AMP)10 The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows]. source
Like what? What thefts?
Well, our courts are brimming with cases of stolen goods and services. Thefts perpetrated by blue-collar, white-collar, no collar.
Is this what JESUS is talking about in Mark 7? Thefts of property? Thefts of material goods and services? I think so, but that’s not all, is it?
What is the end all of thefts to you? The most heinous that comes to mind? There are many, aren’t there?
Consider this one with me.
The theft of opportunity.
We could make endless list, couldn’t we of opportunities we have stolen from ourselves and those others have ripped from us?
And we could be angry and bitter — and that would rob us even more — of more opportunities!
And then there is the opportunity to introduce another to JESUS.
No other missed opportunity bears eternal consequences; only this one.
It’s something to think about, isn’t it?