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Mile #2 (Impossible #3)

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.

Hmmm – are you going to pass, or accept His challenge? [Tweet This]

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.

Thanks for reading today.

Come back tomorrow for impossible #4.


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  1. Debbie

    I read a post earlier from "thecycleguy" about the proof of His love and he posted that song by King and Country, Proof of His Love. One of the lyrics say, "love is sacrifice" and then I read this and am reminded all the more. Thank you, Ben! And thank you for how you pointed out the difference between using His Words as a kind of self help promoting thing . ..or as He really intended them. God bless you!

  2. meetingintheclouds

    As you say, going the extra mile isn't a self help thing. It costs and sometimes it costs dearly. But when we go the extra mile in the service of the King of kings, it brings its own rewards. Being dead to self and alive to God might not always be 'comfortable' but it is ALWAYS rewarded by the One who counts and we are enriched.

    What an amazing God!

  3. Caddo Veil

    Oh, brother Ben--sometimes I think you're impossible--JUST KIDDING! The "Go the extra mile thing"--seems we're on the same page again. I'm working on a LONG post, and found myself adding a note about that--such a quiet, short note that it was kinda slippin' by the author, me. And then I come here. I'm struggling with my neighbor dude, I've told you about--whether I really have to do Thanksgiving dinner for him. It's expensive to do, financially, and he never offers to help--so he'll come up and eat, and talk "all about him", repeat the entirely non-Christ philosophies I've heard a million times, and then take leftovers home. I know I don't Have To do it--he can scrounge dinner for himself, easy--and if my budget really won't allow it, God's not asking me to go broke. But God always provides for me--He knows how generous I am (money and heart). So here's my bottom line issue--if I do this, and my heart attitude isn't right (I get all mad, irritated, bitter, resentful), then I blow the whole "do it as unto Me" and "go the extra mile" deal. Do ya have any "kind" wisdom for your old Sis? God bless you big, regardless (but be careful--I could just send him to your house for T'Day!)--love, sis Caddo (on the verge of cranky)

    1. Ben Nelson

      I would say that Solomon (that wise guy) said regarding temptation - Avoid it, do not pass by it; Turn away from it and pass on. Prv 4:15 - Seriously if you think it will be beyond your ability to cope either bag the idea, or put up some clear boundaries - either end time, or the like - perhaps make a plan for something you have to leave to do say 1 hour after dinner start time - something like that -

      This way you give generously, but within your ability to give. and you get out of there.

      just a thought

      but if you are near Northern NJ - you are welcome here for sure.


  4. Caddo Veil

    I knew I could count on you--you're a wonderful brother, with brilliant suggestions. I appreciate the permission to bail! And I do wish I was close enough to join you and the fam--thanks for the invite--(I'm in N. Seattle) however, I would Never saddle y'all with this dude. Though it might be fun to watch you put him in a conversational corner... So, are you near Nutley? Thanks again, Bro!

  5. Jeff

    "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."

    AMEN!!!!! Amenamenamenamen!!


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