And whoever shall force you to go one mile, go with him two. (Matt 5:41 NASB)
If you have been around business writing at all you hear about going the extra mile for your customer, or your boss, or your employee, or whatever.
There is a famous quote from that legendary author Anonymous: ‘go the extra mile, it is never crowded.’
If you do a quick Google search on “go the extra mile” you will find hundreds and hundreds of businesses, schools, churches, health clubs, and motivational groups using this phrase to urge you on to bigger and better things for yourself, or your business.
Hey – and you know what – they are right – it isn’t crowed on the extra mile, and going there will help you to stand out.
But self-help could not be further from Jesus’ point here. Quite the opposite. Jesus is suggesting that you give up your rights once again, and allow yourself to be abused, and misused, and taken advantage of.
So much preaching and teaching that I come across these days is little more than motivational self help mumbo jumbo, and the gospel that Jesus preached is missing in large measure.
Jesus preached a gospel that would change us so thoroughly that we would be willing to lay down our lives in order to bring the gospel to our enemies! That is what Jesus did. That is what the call to the cross is for us.
When Jesus tells us to take up our cross and follow Him, He is not referring to your sad circumstances, He is telling us to put ourselves in harms way, and without regard to our own safety, go love people.
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You know what – it is not a matter of life or death for you, if you are in Christ, but it sure may be a matter of life or death to those God has put in front of you to love. Be careful not to miss them because they are disguised as your worst enemies.
Come back tomorrow for impossible #4.