Have you ever experienced the feeling of being ripped off? I have. It doesn’t sit well with me. I don’t know anyone who has enjoyed being ripped off and yet it is commonplace in our society. Our newspapers are often filled with bankrupt companies that have ripped off their customers and shareholders. Locally we hear of tradespeople that have ripped off customers too. We can also read articles from the opposite angle of employees ripping off their bosses with ‘fake’ sick days or bludging at work. All these practices are ripping someone off.
When budgets are tight I know how easy a temptation it is to add a few hours on a time sheet here or there. But while the boss may not know about it, God does, and so do you and the guilt can hang like a burden.
If I could shed some light on this, God hates dishonesty and ripping people off. I have seen first hand, that when found out, the dishonest person doesn’t come out on top.
When I first started working for my dad, I used to get frustrated hearing our current sub-contractor plumbers would leave before 2pm on a worksite, often only working 6 hour days, but charging 8 hours labour to my dad. They were ripping my dad off, but unfortunately they felt that their employment was ‘safe’.
When we hired a new supervisor, this supervisor was appalled at the lack of respect these plumbers had for my dad and he stopped giving these plumbers work. Every single one of those plumbers that ‘ripped off’ my dad, pretty much lost their ‘safe’ work supply from my dad.
Dishonesty and ripping people off doesn’t win you any favours and it will work against you, eventually.
In Proverbs 11:18 it says “The wicked man earns deceptive wages, but he who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward”.
So I encourage you if you are a tradesperson, only charge your customers for the time you have been on a job, for sub-contractors, don’t add a few hours to your invoice, and if you’re an employee working under a salary, work the hours that are expected of you. Remember when you work, God sees what is done in secret and he doesn’t reward dishonesty.
Proverbs 11:1 “The Lord abhors dishonest scales, but accurate weights are his delight.”