Do for others what you would like them to do for you. This is a summary of all that is taught in the law and the prophets. Matthew 7:12
Let me remind you that we live in a time when truth is hard to come by. For instance, there are countless sources of information available on television and on the internet that will tell you who and what was behind the events that shook the U.S. Capital this week. Every one of those sources is purporting to be the truth. But they are not all in agreement, so they can’t all be true. So how do you know?
A bigger question behind that might be, how much does it matter to us as followers of Christ to know who stormed the Capital?Jesus put truth within our grasp. He said that if we hold to His teaching then we will know the truth and the truth will set us free. So with that in mind, let’s look at these very famous words of Jesus which are central to His teaching. This is a key to His teaching because Jesus calls this particular statement a summary of all the law and the prophets. Follow this and you will automatically be following everything else. And in that, therefore, you will know the truth.
Here should be our conclusion to this, then: God is more concerned with how we treat the people around us than with us knowing who stormed the Capital. Keep these things in perspective. Don’t become so wrapped up into supposed truths, lies and theories that you lose sight of the truth that matters.
Holding to the teachings of Jesus is the truth that matters.
As followers of Christ, it matters little that truth is hard to come by in this current age. As followers of Christ truth is spelled out clearly in the teaching of Jesus and that is what He cares about us knowing and doing.
Knowing and doing. They both are important. Just knowing the truth is not enough. Doing it is the proof that we truly know it.
What’s the first word of the Golden rule — the verse we are looking at today? “Do.” “Do for others what you would like them to do for you.” That’s it. That’s the truth that counts. “Do for others.” What are you doing for those around you? There is too much knowing and speculating going on. What are you doing? That’s the real question.
What would I like my neighbors to be doing for me? That should get me going on what I could do for them. What would you like your family members and friends to be doing for you? Well there you go. That’s the truth that matters.
The first thing God ever said to Moses was that he needed to remove his shoes because he was standing on holy ground. This directive carried a deeper message for the future leader of Israel than we might think at first glance.
Shoes provide a cushion between the hard ground and our vulnerable feet. They give us protection against elements like snow, rain, rocks, or thorns. With the right pair of shoes, we can walk anywhere without feeling discomfort. With shoes on our feet, we are immune to pain and discomfort.
However, on that fateful day, God wanted Moses to be uncomfortable because he was standing on holy ground. God wanted Moses to feel every rock, pebble, and grain of sand. While we usually protect our feet from feeling anything, our feet are actually an extremely sensitive part of the body. And at that moment, God wanted Moses to be extremely sensitive.
Moses was about to become the leader of the Israelites. Taking care of God’s people is holy work and indeed, Moses’s new position placed him on holy ground. God wanted Moses to understand from the very beginning that in order to do God’s holy work, Moses needed to remain sensitive to the pain and needs of God’s children.
Insensitivity is a trap that we can all fall into. It is hard to sympathize with the hungry if your stomach is always full or to feel for the homeless when we have warm homes to come home to. But if we want to be a part of God’ holy work, we must remain acutely sensitive to the needs of His children — and then DO our best to meet them.
Think of a time when you had to rely on help from others. How did that feel to be in need? Let those feelings encourage you to… “DO unto others.”
Excerpted from Holy Land Moments Daily Devotionals:
“Standing on Holy Ground” (01-02-2021)
Amen: “God is more concerned with how we treat the people around us than
with us knowing who stormed the Capital.” and Amen!!!
Excellent, excellent point, John! I’m so confused, I don’t know who or what to believe for truth in current events anymore. But when I go back to Matt. 7:12, everything else in life starts to fall into its proper place. Thanks brother!