Wednesday, September 24, 2014
How would you like to be on the receiving end of yourself?
Thinking about it, you might be happy that God is more gracious to you than you are with others. But how you treat others isn't something you're off the hook about, it will come back to bite or bless you.
Kind of like the story of one enterprising group of college students who tried to literally manage time. At the university they attended, the rule was if a professor had not arrived in the classroom within 15 minutes of the hour, the class was considered a "walk" and the students were free to leave without any penalty for missing the class.
Each of the rooms in this university were equipped with old style clocks where the minute-hand mechanically ticked ahead after each minute. This creative group of students discovered they could cause the clock to jump ahead one minute if they hit it with an eraser collected from the black boards in the room. The professor of this class was not the most punctual, so it became a ritual for these students to make target practice of the clock. After a few well-aimed erasers hit their target, 15 minutes suddenly passed and the class walked.
At the end of the semester came time for the final exam. The professor strolled into the room and passed out the test.
"You have one hour to complete the exam," he stated.
The professor then proceeded to collect all the black board erasers in the room and gleefully took aim at the clock. When he had successfully jumped the clock ahead one hour, the professor called "Time's up!" and collected the exam papers.
Jesus often talked about how we should treat others, and here He tells us we'll receive in the same manner we judge ...
"Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard yo use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged," Matthew 7:1-2.
In light of what Jesus said, how would you like to be on the receiving end of yourself?