Our verse for today comes from Matthew 7:12, ” So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. “
If you’re like me, then you probably don’t ask for help from others if you can possibly avoid it. But whether that is true about you or not, whether you are stoic and independent or more open and less hard-headed, what is categorically true is that you and I make all sorts of requests all the day long. And some of them are rather confounding, to the point of running completely counter to all that we say that we are about. In fact, this very day, many of you will communicate to others that you wish for them to talk about you when you’re not around. Others of us will broadcast that we want people to look away and ignore us when we are down and struggling, or worse. Many will tell others not to forgive us for mistakes we committed many moons ago, even if we have tried to make it right. A good portion will request to be judged by some third party’s comments without consideration of what we might be going through.
Now you, like myself, have never had anyone actually come up to you and ask you to do something like these to them. It’s not the sort of thing people really want, much less request. No one finishes a phone call by reminding the other person to run them down after they hang up. ” I enjoyed talking. Now, be sure to talk sarcastically about me and the things you think I should have known or done differently. Bye-bye! ” Sounds ludicrous, huh? And I know that the majority of your day and my day is spent being nice to others, fostering friendship and showing kindness. But we must remember that the lost world takes all of that stuff, that goodness and those niceties, for granted. They expect us to be sweet. And so, when we show that other side, the side that resembles what we have been delivered from, it just goes to prove to them that the Golden Rule is just another cute saying, and that Jesus has not actually remade us. But if Jesus has remade you, your actions, thoughts, and self-disciplines should be different. They should be surrendered to Him. Make that request to the Father, and then go and do likewise.
As we seek Him today, let the holiness of Christ examine what you are communicating to others. Surrender to Him, and win.