Daily Devotional 23 Sept 2020
“Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets” (Matthew 7:12).
Why was Jesus so big on this concept, ‘treat others the way you want to be treated’ or in other words, ‘love your neighbour as yourself?’ I think it’s because He understood the Father’s heart...as well as the human heart. From God’s perspective we are equally His children and equally loved; like children, we sometimes disobey which may require discipline, but it will never diminish God’s love for any of us. The human heart, however, needs this reminder to serve as a check. Jesus knows too well that our choice not to treat others as we want to be treated is just the first step in our process of dehumanizing others. If we don’t have to treat them well, they must be of less worth and as lesser beings we feel free to continue to dehumanize the ‘other.’
The lack of regard for this ‘golden rule’ results in a plethora of abuses against humanity. And the abuses can run across many lines–gender, age, socioeconomic, ethnicity, race, etc. We cry against discrimination, prejudice, exploitation, mistreatment of all kinds, yet the solution is staring us in the face. If each one of us could learn to set aside our own selfishness and learn to ‘do to others what we want them to do to us’ how different the world be. The ‘peace on earth’ we all wish for at certain times of year would become ours year-round. But there’s a catch...for sinful humanity is this even possible? On our own, no. Setting aside our own selfishness for the sake of another on a regular basis is just not they way we people operate. If we want to see the world changed for the better, we must begin with ourselves...and God. As long as we attempt to devise a solution to the problem of abuse in its many forms on our own, we are ultimately doomed to fail. Only God’s love and grace, first experienced by individuals, then shared with others, is capable of making the necessary change.
If you’re serious about wanting to see a change in this world, we must begin with ourselves. Today, ask God to help you ‘treat others the way you want to be treated’; resist the urge to place your wants ahead of others’ needs; begin to express your thanks for all that is yours to enjoy. That is how we make a difference in this world that is lasting...by honouring God and honouring one another.
~ Pastor Jane
First licensed for pastoral ministry in 1994, Pastor Jane Peck has served in camp and church ministries in three denominations, five provinces and in a variety of roles. Her most recent position is that of Pastor at Hope Chapel which she began in 2020. She is excited to see what God can and will do in the days to come!