A young man came up to the preacher after the lesson: “Preacher, you really stepped on my toes with that lesson. See, I’ve actually been stealing a little bit from my boss. It’s nothing huge, but we use expensive copper nails on the boats we build. I’ve been taking some home and building my own boat. I think I need to tell my boss what I’ve done and offer to pay for them.”
The next week, the man excitedly came up to the preacher, “I went ahead and settled up with my boss and I feel so relieved.” “What happened when you told your boss?” asked the minister. My boss said, “Maybe there’s something to your Christianity after all. Any religion that makes a man admit he’s been stealing a few copper nails and offer to settle for them must be a religion worth having'” (SermonIllustrations.com).
Too many people carry the mindset, “If you can get away with it, do it.” People steal, cheat, and lie for their own personal gain simply because they can. They only feel “sorry” when they’re caught. This is why it’s so rare for a person to be morally upstanding and honest. It stands out dramatically.
And yet this is exactly what Christians are called to do. We are to be people who are truly sorrowful for our sins whether others know or not, because God already knows (2 Corinthians 7:10; Hebrews 4:13). We are to be people who strive to live pure lives, denying sinful desires even when we could “get away with it” (Titus 2:11-12; Philippians 2:3; 4:8). Above all else though, we are a people who live this way because it is absolutely “a religion worth having” in the end (Revelation 2:10).
Let’s have the courage to stand up for what is right in a world where few do. Let’s show others that, of all the ways we could be living, there is no greater life than the Christian life.