Take the Initiative
“Do to others as you would have them do to you.” —Luke 6:31
You probably have this one memorized already. It’s quite possible you learned it from your parents, grandparents, a pre-school teacher, or as the “moral of the story” in children’s literature long before you realized it was a teaching of Jesus Christ.
Also known as The Golden Rule, this axiom is so prevalent that a simile is found in just about every culture, tradition, and world religion. Philosophy, Sociology, and Psychology—and many other studies—all express similar reciprocal concepts.
The context in which Jesus spoke this admonition is very telling…and challenging. These words form the lead-in to The Golden Rule:
“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back” (Luke 6:27-30).
This teaching of Jesus calls us to take the initiative. To begin—go first. And it applies in every arena—at home, school, the office, the neighborhood, the world. Where are you today? Where will you be in the coming days?
Never will you be found outside of this law’s reach and jurisdiction. Never will you be found beyond this law’s ability to produce good fruit. Apply it. See for yourself.
My prayer for this week:
Father, how have I responded to the people in my life? How am I treating others? Who do I find difficult to love, serve, or honor? At home, the office, with family, around co-workers, as you reveal the “who” and “how” to me, please help me seize the opportunity and always apply the Golden Rule.