It is important in life that we treat others the way we ourselves want to
be treated. There are many people in this world who are the center of
their own universe and the only thing that matters to them is what someone
else can do to better their life. We should never fall into this mentality
of only wanting for ourselves and not pay any attention to the feelings or
benefits of those around us. The Lord Jesus declares in Luke 6:31 "And
just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise." When the
Lord was on the earth, the only thing He wanted to do was help others.
Jesus healed the blind and crippled, set free those who were oppressed of
the devil and forgave the sins of those who fell before Him. Jesus never
looked for His own benefit and as our example calls us to do the same.
(Romans 1:21-25) (John 6:38-40) (John 6:2) (Matthew 8:16-17) (Matthew 10:7-8)
I hope today's message ministers to your heart to not be a respecter of
persons, but rather treat all people equally with the same love that Jesus
our example showed to all whom He came into contact with.
His name was Billy. Without question he was the most popular boy in our
junior high school. As a ninth-grader, he played on the school basketball
team and made good grades, and he was popular with the girls. He was also
running for student body president.
I was a lowly seventh-grader who would have given my right arm to trade
places with him. So when Billy took notice of me, spoke to me in the
hallway between class periods and generally treated me well, I was
impressed. Naturally, when it was time to vote, I cast my vote for him.
Billy was elected. He never spoke to me again.
Forty years after that experience, I stepped down from leadership as a
superintendent in my denomination. I am amazed at what happened. For one
thing, the telephone stopped ringing. Before, when I would check my e-mail
messages, I would find dozens waiting; now the screen tells me that there
are none. People who once made a point of calling me or of taking me to
lunch have disappeared from my life.
All this might make some people angry or bitter, but it drives me to the
mirror. I am more troubled for what it says about me than for what it says
about other people. Because, as I look into the mirror, I see a person who
has sometimes been guilty of the very same kind of behavior. It is easy to
stop seeing people for who they are and to start seeing them as things to
be used or ignored.
When I was a college freshman, E. Stanley Jones came to our campus to
speak. He was one of the most famous missionaries in the world. People who
knew him commented that E. Stanley Jones was more like Jesus than anyone
else they knew.
After Mr. Jones' lecture, he was immediately taken out of the auditorium
by people who were responsible to get him to his next appointment. A few
minutes later I was standing alone in a hallway when I saw a group of
people hurrying in my direction. At the center was E. Stanley Jones. I
tried to move closer to the wall and out of their way, but Mr. Jones saw
me and stopped.
I still remember his smile and his eyes focusing on me. It was as if we
were the only ones present. He wanted to know who I was, where I was from
and what subjects I was studying. While the people with him looked at
their watches and then looked disapprovingly at me, he listened intently
to my answers.
For those few minutes I knew that I genuinely mattered to him. And I knew
the reason was connected in some way to his relationship with Jesus Christ.
Being young and shy, I never would have stopped him. But he saw me and
wanted to stop. I believe that Jesus would have stopped His delegation to
talk to me too.
By Robert E. Rogers
Be encouraged to have the same mindset towards all men. Do not be like the
world giving preference to those who bring benefits to you. Treating a
stranger the same as you would treat a millionaire not only shows what
great character you possess, but more importantly shows the Spirit of the
Living God that lives within your heart. This should be the main objective
that all believers strive for to Love equally without prejudice and treat
others the way we ourselves would want to be treated. (Romans 12:16)
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Romans 12:15-18 "Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them
that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things,
but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of
all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with
Philippians 2:3-7 "Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in
lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not
every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the
form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made Himself
of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in
the likeness of men."
Galatians 6:2-4 "Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of
Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he
deceiveth himself. But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he
have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another."
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
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Gods Work Ministry