The Golden Rule has been preached since the days of the early church. It jas echoes in several other world religions. Why? Because it is wisdom. It is a foundation for human society and civilization. You can’t build a society on ”survival of the fittest” or ”every man for himself.” Just ask Communist countries.
When everyone seeks another’s good, seeking to treat others as they themselves would be treated, you have a society not focused on self but community. How others are treated are the chief concern. Because if others are treated in a certain way, you know you will be too.
Does this rule encapsulate all at the Law and the Prophets teach? In one sense, I find it hard to see this. The Law and Prophets point to how and who we worship. But in another sense, it anticipates how God treats us. How does God treat us? He made us, created for us this amazing world with abundance and pleasures we have yet to fathom. It is an awesome thing to consider all the manifold works of His creation. And then consider the others He’s placed in our lives. Family, friends, special people we have come to admire and adore. God has done all of this for us. He has treated us as He expects to be treated. He expects lavish and unbounded praise. He expects love and worship. He has goven us the most profound gift in His own Son, payment for our sin and shame. What should we give in return? Devotion and discipleship.
If you want to be golden this morning, give as you have received. Give as you wish to receive.
Heavenly Father, you have given me so much and have set the example for the kind of person I need to be. Help me today to be better. Help me to see the blessings I’ve received and appreciate the gifts I have. Help me to be content so that I may be content in you. I oray for joy and for opportunities to show You my gratitude. Please watch over me today, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.