Your Roadmap for Life in the Spirit

Colin Smith | October 13, 2016

Some time ago, I came across the true story of a man sentenced to prison because he was a thief. While there, he was converted and became a new creation in Jesus Christ.

When the time came for his release, he knew he’d be tempted to return to his old way of life. His friends would try to draw him back, and he knew it wouldn’t be easy to break patterns of the past.

The first thing he wanted to do upon release was to worship. So, on his first Sunday morning, he slipped into an old church building and sat down in the back row. As he looked around, he noticed a plaque inscribed with the words of the Ten Commandments. His eyes fell on words that seemed to condemn him: “You shall not steal” (Exod. 20:15).

That’s the last thing I need, he thought. I know my weakness, my failure, and the struggle I’ll have to break free from my old way of life.

As the service progressed and the man kept looking at the words on the plaque, they seemed to take on a new meaning he hadn’t seen before. In the past, he’d only known these words as a forbidding command: “You shall not steal.” But now…

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