SUCCEEDING ON THE JOB (3)

If you want to succeetd in life practice honesty! One poll cited by Paul Harvey stated that 40% of workers admitted stealing on the job, and 20% felt justified! Their rationalising includes: ‘Everybody’s doing it, why shouldn’t I ?’ ‘ The boss can afford it, he wont miss it.’ ‘it’s only small stuff, it wont make any difference.’ The company owes me. I’m just taking what’s mine.’ ‘I deserve it, i’ve worked hard and never been acknowledge.’ What does God’s word say about this? The wicked….earns deceptive wages. ‘God’s says deceiving your employer by stealing time and materials, or delivering an inferior product and services, is wicked.’ That’s strong language! Of all people, employer and customers should be able to trust followers of Christ to be honest, work for their wages and provide the highe quality service.
And for the record, it’s not smart to steal, even if you don’t get caught. ‘I’ll gotten gains do not profit’ (Proverbs NAS). You may take it but you won’t benefit by it. ‘Wealthobtained by fraud dwindes’ (Proverbs 13:11 NAS). You can’t do the wrong thing and get the right result. Not only will you have trouble, you’ll bring trouble on those who love and need you most. ‘He who profits illicitly troubles his own house’ (Proverbs 15:27 NAS). The job loss,damaged reputation, humiliation, legal costs and consepuences are a ‘bill’ the whole family pays for, often ending in shame and divorce and affect several generations. Your spouse deserves an honest patner. Your children deserve a role model they can emulate; confident the path you walk is safe for them to follow.

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