Really?

Published on Jun 15th, 2016 by Pastor Ed Hlad | 0
Really?

Really?

I came home the other day, kind of beat up, singing some kind of off tune country song about how my truck was broken down, my wife is mad at me, my friends have left me, but at least my dog likes me. I went to Tucker’s cage (my faithful dog) and opened up the cage, ready for some Tucker loving, and he ran right by me! He ran to the kitchen, and then to the living room, looking for my wife, and when he realized that she wasn’t home he then he came back to me so that I could rub his ears and say hi to him. Dogged by my own dog! I could not believe that I was number two by my own dog (pun intended). So I did what any normal person would do…I held a conversation with my dog. Did he not know who feeds him? Who takes him out? Who throws his ball for him? Who takes him for a walk? Of course, it is my wife who does all those things but that was kind of beside the point. I am the man of the house, he is the dog, he should love me without hesitation. It was at that moment that I was rebuked. It is kind of weird when you rebuke yourself but I knew that the Holy Spirit was speaking to my heart. My dog looked for my wife first because she spends the most time with him and does the most for him. I was reaping what I was sowing. I was bearing the consequences of the principle found in the golden rule, “And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.” Luke 6:31. My dog was treating me as I treated him.

I then began to think about all those things that made me sing that country song. In reality, people were basically treating me as I had treated them. I want to think that I treat people differently because in my heart I really intend to do well but in reality I fall short of my desires. I meant to call that person. I meant to shoot them a quick email. I really want to help but sometimes life just gets in the way. If I expect others to understand my heart then I need to work on understanding their heart when they fall short in my life. I really do need to go back to kindergarten and learn that we must treat and think of others as we want to be thought of and treated.

But then I really began to rejoice. The Holy Spirit reminded me of the mercy and grace of the Lord Jesus. God does not treat me as I deserve but treats me as a good father treats his children. He does that because I am standing in the righteousness of his Son, Jesus. Psalm 103:10-14 also tells me that he knows that I am dust and will fail and so he provided the way of grace and mercy. He provided a way for us to be dealt with out of his great love and not by what we deserve. It is out of that great love and understanding that I must relate to people and I pray that others will relate to me.

You reap what you sow. Sometimes I am treated unfairly but if I am honest I must admit that most times I am simply being treated as I have treated others. Allow the Spirit to use those opportunities as a mirror into your soul. Allow him to continue to conform you to the image of Christ and his love. Then do the work to act differently. Me? I am trying to change with people. With Tucker though, I am realizing that second fiddle is not so bad. All that feeding, walking and taking him out…not worth being number one.

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