Back to Kindergarten
Posted: Wednesday, March 18
Verse of the day:
Those who are kind benefit themselves, but the cruel bring ruin on themselves. (Proverbs 11:17)
In Luke 3:1-18 people are coming to John to be baptized. John told them in verse 8 to “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.” The New Living version puts it this way. “Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God.” Three groups of people then respond with “What shall we do?”
To the crowd he said to share. “John answered, ‘Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.’” (v. 11) Junior Asparagus on Veggie Tales puts it this way. “If you have enough to spare you have enough to share.”
To the tax collectors he said to stop stealing. “’Don’t collect any more than you are required to,’ he told them.” (v. 13) No more pulling a Zacchaeus. No more taking what isn’t yours.
To the soldiers he said to quit being bullies. “He replied, ‘Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely—be content with your pay.’” (v. 14b) Be fair.
As I was looking at what John said to the people, I thought of a popular reading I read a while ago by Robert Fulghum. It’s called “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten”. You’ve probably read it. The first part of it reads like this.
1. Share everything.
2. Play fair.
3. Don't hit people.
4. Put things back where you found them.
5. Clean up your own mess.
6. Don't take things that aren't yours.
Did you catch those-“Share everything”, “Play fair” and “Don’t take things that aren’t yours”? John the Baptist was giving them the basics because they evidently had forgotten them. We need to remember them too. These are things we learned in kindergarten. In short, be nice, be kind. Show people kindness today and every day. Jesus (The one John the Baptist said would come after him) put it this way. “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:39