We all know the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” It’s simple and concise. It comes to the heart of our interaction with others. It was stated by Jesus himself and it is our obligation as Christians to consider this a command, not just a fluffy suggestion.
But what does this rule mean? What are the resulting actions that are necessitated based on this simple instruction? That’s what we are going to explore here today.
Therefore, whatever you want others to do for you, do also the same for them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
Matthew 7:12 (CSB)
We as Christians and disciples of Christ Jesus have come to an understanding of Grace and its implications on our eternal condition. With this knowledge and understanding comes a responsibility that we cannot nor should we wish to absolve ourselves of the necessity of our action in response.
If this statement sounds a bit confusing, let me shed some light on it and you’ll begin to get where I am coming from better.
Consider yourself, before Jesus entered your heart and transformed you from the person you were into the believer you are today. Take a moment to examine just what you understood about your condition, the contrasts between then and now, and the hope and joy that has come into your life as a result of placing your faith in the saving blood of Jesus.
If you truly gave your heart to Him, then this will be a stark contrast. In prior devotionals, we’ve talked about building your personal testimony on this very thing; who you were before Christ entered your heart, what you experienced when you surrendered to Him, and what your life has been since that point of decision.
Literally, every true Christian has these three elements to reflect upon. If you don’t, then it is important that you establish that relationship now, because if you haven’t you are lost to Christ. These are strong words but so very true and critical to your eternal condition. Yes, I’m talking about life everlasting, but I’m also talking about our lives being transformed right now, which continues every day we draw breath.
If you do not possess that transition from darkness into the light of Jesus, you have not experienced the application of Grace, and are not truly one of God’s Children.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name, drive out demons in your name, and do many miracles in your name? ‘Then I will announce to them, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you lawbreakers!’”
Matthew 7:21-23 (CSB)
Many who call themselves Christian are in fact imposters. They may not be impostors because they choose to be, they may have been raised in the church and simply adopted the behavioral pattern of their parents before them, that doesn’t apply grace or save us. They could have found comfort within the fellowship of believers and just blended in without having a conversion experience that they can reference.
The bottom line is that every church is filled with sinners. The only distinguishing feature of any of those people hinges on a salvation experience shared with the Lord Jesus Christ. Either they have surrendered to Him, or they have not. Either they have had their fleshly passions and desires nailed to the cross with Jesus or they only are observing the fellowship of those that have.
Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there.
Galatians 5:24 (NLT)
Those who have had this life-changing experience, have a story that began when they were lost in sin, the moment that they gave their lives to Christ Jesus, and the difference He has made in their lives since that point in time.
This is our personal life testimony and it is powerful!
If we have this testimony. We have a responsibility to seek that for every last person, who doesn’t share that experience with us.
The “Do unto others”, encompasses making them aware that in order to have that which we cherish, they must come to a point of surrender to Jesus and accept His gift of salvation for themselves.
No one can pray them into heaven. They aren’t transformed into a new creature by it rubbing off in church.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come!
2 Corinthians 5:17 (CSB)
If they haven’t been through this transformation, then there is nothing new and there isn’t any renewal going on daily in their lives.
If we experience it, we need to share that experience with those that have not. If we want to live it, we have to convey that to the world around us, otherwise, this commandment goes without a response.
The place that those not living in the Grace of Jesus reside in is filled with darkness. The reality they face is so very different from our own. They have a perception that Christians are all about a bunch of rules that they are intent on shoving down the throat of every nonbeliever.
I had this post show up in my Facebook feed this last week and it’s what prompted this devotional today.
The person that posted it had the comment of “If only you knew” affixed to the bottom of their post.
This is why this should be coming home to us as Christians. Those outside of grace, simply don’t know what they are missing out on.
They believe that we as believers are hoodwinked and confused because we choose to not participate in all of what the world offers.
They don’t have a clue what they are missing by not experiencing the transformation that only comes when we surrender ourselves to the Creator and enter into a relationship with Him!
If we want to obey the Golden Rule, we must share this with those who haven’t experience the Grace and mercy of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
And Jesus did say we need to be obedient to Him.
“If you love me, you will keep my commands.”
John 14:15 (CSB)
It just doesn’t get any clearer than that.
If we really love Jesus, we will keep that which He has commanded us. If we are obedient to him, we’ll focus on being compliant to the Golden Rule He directed us to. If we are going to conform to that directive, then we will want to share what God’s done for us with those who are outside of Grace, so that they have the opportunity to experience new life now and forever more, so that they might see the transformation in their own lives that we have, so that they may have a relationship with the Creator just as we do.
That’s the Golden Rule for the believer. Be the light in the darkness. Share the Good News to everyone and let them know your story because it is filled with power, imparted to you by the Grace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus!
In His Grace,