Regula Aurea = Be the Change
Regula Aurea = The Golden Rule in Latin
reg′yə lə aüreâ
PART SIX OF SIX
If you have been following along, I talked about this week: defining a neighbor, how to deal with strife with a brother, building others up, the Golden Rule, and the Great Commandment.
The theme of this week is the Golden Rule, “do unto others as your would have them do unto you.” It is much easier to say than do, but as believers, we must strive every day to follow it.
We live in a time where everyone is looking for change in this sinful, fallen world. A famous quote, sometimes credited to Gandhi, says, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Is not this the Golden Rule said in another way? “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
I cannot expect others to change if I am not willing to change. As Christians, we are to change; sanctification is “becoming holy,” trying to be a little more like Jesus each and every day. This is a lifetime process only achieved through submission and surrender to the Lord.
We are not to be conformed to this world, but to be transformed by the renewal of our minds, that by testing we may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect (Romans 12:2). You know what is not the will of God? Hating others, partiality, and discrimination.
We are to continue to grow in the knowledge of God (Colossians 1:10) and to draw near to Him through the blood of Christ (Ephesians 2:13). As we see our need for Jesus, we are sensitive to sin in the world and those who do not know Him. The only road to repentance is through the message of the Gospel.
We must remember that the message of the Gospel is foolishness to those who do not believe, but the power of God to those who understand (1 Corinthians 1:18). Acts 4:11 says, “This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become our cornerstone.” The truth is that “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). We must look at the world through a gospel lens. Jesus looked at the crowds with compassion for “they were like a sheep without a shepherd” (Matthew 9:36). We must do the same. We cannot expect godly living from people who do not know the One True King. People are searching for a remedy and it exists, it just does not come from the government or anything in this world.
“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness … for if you do these things, you will never fall, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:3-11). We have everything we need through His divine power.
As hard as we try, evil will not be eradicated from the earth. But when Jesus returns, He will restore all things and perfect justice will be executed. We are not to just sit and wait for that to happen, however. Change starts with me. It starts in my household. Then we can be the change together. It starts in my household and it starts in your household. It is looking for ways to be a neighbor to those that need it the most. It is handling disagreements biblically and respectfully. It is looking for ways to build up others and encourage them, not tear them down. It is treating others the way we want to be treated. It is loving my neighbor as myself. Before you know it change is multiplied.
No, we will never have complete peace on Earth until Jesus returns. But many others can be introduced and know Peace through us and the way we follow Jesus.
Be the change you want to see in your household. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you in your household. Be the change you want to see in your neighborhood. Be the change you want to see in your city. Be the change you want to see in your state. Be the change you want to see in your nation. Be the change you want to see in the world, to the end of the earth.. Be His witness in these places.
Just for today, YOU be the change you want to see. After all, you are the only person you can control. Treat others with love, see them through the eyes of Jesus, have compassion; as you want to be treated. Be His witness.
Tune in tomorrow for Song of Sunday.