Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Jesus Said, "Go The Extra Mile"

Matthew 5:41
'And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.'

In the time when Jesus walked the earth, a Roman soldier could force a Jewish civilian to carry their heavy back pack for up to a mile (1.6 kilometers). This was the legal right of very Roman soldier;
refusing his request was not a wise choice because there could be unpleasant ramifications.

It was in this context that Jesus uttered these profound words to His listeners. "And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two." Since the Jewish people were looking for their Messiah to liberated them from the Roman occupation, this statement would have been somewhat unpleasant to hear.

Nevertheless, Jesus said they were not only to carry the soldiers equipment one mile but two! Why would Jesus command this? To give extra-mile-service gives you and excellent opportunity to impact the lives of others. Didn't Jesus go the extra mile when He died for you and me when we were yet sinner and enemies to God? Yes He did! And he expects His children to act like Him.

A believer who has an extra mile attitude gives more than others think is wise. Extra mile people seek to be like their Father in Heaven who went out of His way to impact their lives with salvation in His Son. They seek to impact souls with the love of God; they give of themselves, often sacrificially, with no thought of getting something in return.

Jesus puts it this way in Matthew 5:46-48, "For if you love [only] those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do that? And if you greet only your brothers [wishing them God’s blessing and peace], what more [than others] are you doing? Do not even the Gentiles [who do not know the Lord] do that?  You, therefore, will be perfect [growing into spiritual maturity both in mind and character, actively integrating godly values into your daily life], as your heavenly Father is perfect." (amp)

So go the extra mile today for someone; always do more than is expected.

Have a blessed day 
Paul
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