Posts Tagged ‘Jesus Christ’

The Golden Rule

April 1st, 2009

Do you remember the Golden Rule? We used to be taught it in school. It goes like this — “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” I heard that so much growing up. Treat others the way you want to be treated is a pretty amazing, a pretty profound bit of advice. Advice worth adhering too.

Think about it. What if everyone followed the Golden Rule? What if everyone decided to heed its simple yet significant challenge? There would be no prejudice, no hate, no violence, no wars, no cheating, no lying, no stealing, no killing. Crimes would stop. Wars would cease. There would be peace. If… we all followed that one simple rule. One profound, incredible, totally simplistic, little rule — to treat others the way we’d like to be treated.

In this world the Golden Rule has become antiquated to the point of being obsolete. There is a new rule, a rule opposite of the Golden Rule. It is rather a tarnished one. One that actually twists about the Golden Rule. The rule of the world today is “Do to others as they did to you.” Get even. Don’t let anyone treat you bad. If you do you are weak, cowardly and stupid. In the world’s terms, the one who doesn’t retaliate is a push over.

So according to the world’s standards, Jesus Christ was a push over — a weakling that people could take advantage of. Jesus didn’t fight back. He didn’t do to others what others did to Him. When others didn’t appreciate or acknowledge the things He did for them, He didn’t pout and complain to His friends. When others lied about Him, He didn’t retaliate. When others mocked Him, He was silent. When others spat in His face, He kept His cool. When they beat Him, He stood quietly and took it. He didn’t have to get the last word in. Instead, He held His tongue. Then, after they hung Him on a splintery old cross to be ridiculed, publicly humiliated, tortured and killed, He forgave. And, by so doing, He overcame.

Looking at the life of our Savior, the One who withdrew from the normal standards of life, withstood the trials and persecutions, and withheld the notions to get back at His persecutors, we see anything but weakness. We see the epitome of strength. We see someone who sacrificed Himself for the good of others. It is because of that sacrifice that we are not condemned to a fiery hell. It is because of His forgiveness, grace and mercy that we can find hope, joy and peace.

Jesus dared to be different. He dared to do right. He dared to take a stand. By so doing, He made a difference. He overcame evil with good. He fulfilled the Golden Rule.

Now if we were to apply the Golden Rule in our lives, one by one we could make a difference too. We could sow love where hate rules, peace where there is strife, kindness where there is malice, joy where there is sorrow. One by one we could plant the seeds that would change the world, if only we would dare to do so.

Who are you working for?

March 17th, 2009

The other day I was thinking about the verse, Romans 6:23…. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” . Well, I started thinking, if the wages of doing work for the devil, “sin”, is death, what is the wages of doing work for God….

My first thought was, the wages of working for God must be Enternal Life, because what can be better than that. But then after reading the verse again, I found out I was wrong. The wages of sin is death, but the “Gift” of God is Enternal Life…. right there it says that Enternal Life is not a wage, but a gift. That is one awesome gift! I just can’t begin to imagine what God’s wages are, but John 15:7 says,

“If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, you will ask for what you desire, and it shall be done for you.”

Just repeating that verse, I know that if I abide in God, and His words abide in me, then He will give me my heart’s desire, and I can ask Him for anything and it will be done for me. That’s awesome to think about too. Now abiding in God is what we are supposed to do in life, and if we do just that, God will give us our hearts desire. I can go on so many tangents just using this one verse, and completely get off the subject I was on, but I believe that God’s wages are absolutely amazing. I think I’d rather work for God than the devil anyday. He pays better! I believe its not just Heavenly Riches, but earthly riches also. Now I am going to give an example of something I thought of.

Let’s just say there are two people whose jobs are digging holes… this is the best I could come up with…. well one of the guys uses a shovel and digs, while the other uses a large tractor and digs. Well, the one who uses a shovel – his work is probably much harder than the one who uses the tractor, but the one that uses the tractor – his wages are probably much higher than the one who uses the shovel.

Well, most likely the one who uses the tractor once started  off his job using a shovel, but as he worked harder and harder, he probably got promoted, and his wages went up, and his job actually got easier.

Ok, now saying all this, here is my point. If we can use the tools we have now for God, such as our hands and mouth as shovels, digging to help others out of the mud. Then God might promote us, meaning the wages we make, will go up. And if we keep putting all that we make with our wages God gives us back into helping others more and more, and buying better equiment, like we would a tractor, then the higher our wages might get. God wants to Bless you, but you must do work before you get your wages, so you need to learn how to use the tools you have now. So get busy and you’ll soon start getting paid.

If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, you will ask for what you desire, and it shall be done for you. John 15:7

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23