Text: Matthew 7:12-14
“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them…”
– Matthew 7:12a
I think most of the time we have ourselves pretty well figured out. I was raised in a generation where we were challenged to stand up for our rights, to not be trodden on, and to not be taken advantage of. I am used to holding my own and fighting for myself.
But, in some ways this is antithetical to Scripture where we are challenged to think of others as better than ourselves. We are asked to die to ourselves every day, every moment. We are supposed to humble ourselves, because those laid low inherit the Kingdom.
What if we enacted the Golden Rule in our churches, neighborhoods, and homes? What if we really and truly treated others the way we wished to be treated? What if we thought more of them than we did ourselves? Wouldn’t it take an earth-shifting change of thought and action?
This rule is a simple one to govern your life by, but it is not easy. Our flesh cries out to be seen and heard and understood. We’d have to die to all of that. We’d need to look first to the other person’s needs. We’d seek to see, we’d seek to hear, and we’d seek to understand. We may seek to clothe, to shelter, to feed.
What we know is that Jesus laid down His very own life for us. He died a painful, unjust, and humiliating death so that we would have life with the Father. Jesus so desired for us to be connected with His Father because He was connected with the Father. Jesus saw our need and met it in the most extravagant way—He reconnected us with God.
What needs do you wish someone would take time to notice and address in your life? How do you wish others would treat you, speak to you, regard you?
What can we do for others today that we wish someone would do for us?