Sitting with Jesus – The Royal / Golden Rule
“Do to others as you would have them do to you.” (Luke 6:31)
“In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up The Law and The Prophets.” (Matthew 7:12)
This has become known as The Royal Rule or The Golden Rule.
Read: Luke 6:27-36
 “Do to others what you would have them do to you!” is a Rule of King Jesus – The Saviour
This is the Rule that Jesus lived His life by.
This is a study on its own. But notice Jesus’ teaching is totally fulfilled in the lead up to, and on, the cross.
Jesus The Saviour:-
- Loved His enemies.
- Did good to those who hated Him.
- Blessed those who cursed Him.
- Prayed for those who mistreated Him.
- Turned the other cheek.
- Let them take His clothes.
- Gave what others took from Him and did not demand it back.
- Loved everyone.
- Didn’t expect repayment.
- Was merciful to the unmerciful.
“Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
 “Do to others what you would have them do to you!” is the Kingdom Standard
In Battle, in days gone by, The Standard – a flag – would be held up by “The Standard Bearer.” The soldiers, in the ferocity of battle would gain great encouragement by looking to see that it was still in their keeping. If a Standard Bearer was killed one of their own would pick it up, bravely and proudly, holding it up in the air. But, if the Standard was lost to the opposing forces, defeat was imminent.
The flag that flies – “The Kingdom Standard.” Is “Do to others as you would have them do to you!”
In the midst of life’s battles we are called to be “The Standard Bearer.” – Our standard/flag may be tattered and torn as we have become embattled BUT we hold it high, as 21st Century Disciples of Jesus, as we “Do to others as (we) you would have them to do (us) you.”
 “Do to others what you would have them do to you!” – Is All About Servanthood
Jesus’ first Disciples were human – just like every individual Disciple of every generation since – they had this debate among themselves centred around the question: “Who is the Greatest?”
Matthew dobs James and John in – under the inspiration of The Holy Spirit, writing Matthew 20:20-28. The mother of Zebedee’s sons, James and John, knelt before Jesus and asked a favour of Him. “Let my boys sit one on Your left and one on Your right in Your Kingdom.” (v21)
Jesus uses this as a Teaching Moment for her, them, and us. (v25-28) “You know that the Rulers of the Gentiles, lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be you slave – just as The Son of Man did not come to serve, but to give His Life as a Ransom for many.”
 “Do to others what you would have them do to you!” – Is Kingdom Strategy
Strategy used by The Lord Jesus to keep us in the right place with Him. So that we prioritise a right attitude and maintain a right spirit.
On a trip to Canada many years ago I read a statement made by Native Canadians: “Don’t comment on anyone until you have spent 3 days in their moccasins.
Living this way: “Do to others what you would have them do to you, “ is a Kingdom Strategy, One of the Kingdom Secrets, a principle for life that helps us to put ourselves in the moccasins (or shoes) of another person. When we think, hear, see, feel something of what they are going through it is easier to adapt our response to honour Jesus and His Kingdom. What a Great Strategist Jesus is! Remembering this strategic tool has certainly helped me, probably even saved me, as I’ve asked myself: “How would I want to be treated if I were in their situation?!” “How would I want to be spoken to?
“Do to others what you would have them do to you.”
Of course Jesus knows His Word (Galatians 6:7) “We reap what we sow.” So it’s vitally important that we use Kingdom Strategy.
Read: Matthew 7:7-12
 Do to others what you would have them do to you!” – Brings Kingdom Security
It produces gold.
Ask, Seek, Knock…. comes out of a Personal Relationship with Heavenly Father and others.
By “Security” I mean:-
- Knowing who we are.
- Knowing what we are able to do.
- Knowing what we are to do.
By “Security” I also mean what we have, own, have access to from The Father. That which we can share with others.
We have the best. We Have Gold to Bless others with in practical ways. So, figuratively –
*If someone asks for bread don’t give them a stone.
* If someone asks for fish don’t give them a snake.
We know how to give good gifts to our children – SHARE THE SECURITY!
We know that: “Father in Heaven gives good gifts to those who ask Him.”
ASK! (James 4:2) “You do not have because you do not ask God.”
(James 4:3) “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with the wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”
The key to Kingdom Security – released into our lives – to be released through our lives to others is Jesus’ Golden Rule, His Royal Rule:
“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up The Law and The Prophets.”