Sunday, July 29, 2012
The Christians Call To Go The Extra Mile
THE CHRISTIAN EXTRA
"Whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain."-- Mat_5:41.
OUR LORD refers here to the usage of the East in the transmission of royal messages, which were carried forward by relays of messengers, much in the fashion of the fiery cross in the Highlands, as described in "The Lady of the Lake." The messengers were "press-men"; each town or village was compelled to forward the message to the next, and the first man happened upon was bound to forward the courier with his horses or mules.
In some such way emergencies are continually happening to us all. We arise in the morning not expecting any special demand for help, or any other circumstance to interfere with the regular routine of the day's work, and then suddenly and unexpectedly a demand bursts upon us, and we are obliged to go in a direction which we never contemplated.
We are compelled to go one mile! Then the question arises. Now you have done your duty, performed what you were bound to perform, given what any other person would have given, what are you going to do about the next mile? You had no option about the first; about the second you have an opportunity of choice. Your action in the matter which is optional determines whether or not you have entered into the spirit and ministry of Christ.
Let us not be stingy and niggardly in our dealings with men. There are certain things that must be done, but let us go beyond the must, and do our duty with a smile, and with generous kindness.
It is not enough to pay our servants or employees, let us be thankful for their service; it is not enough to pay our debts, let us give the word also of appreciation; it is not enough to simply do the work for which our employer remunerates us, let us do it with alacrity and eagerness, willing to finish a piece of necessary service even at cost to ourselves.
As the followers of Christ, we are to be stars bearing our light on the vault of night; flowers shedding fragrance on the world; fountains rising in the arid wastes; always giving love and helpful ministry to this thankless and needy world, and as we break and distribute our barley loaves and fishes, our hands will become filled again, and with the measure we mete, it shall be measured to us again (Luk_6:38).
O God, may we be more gracious to those around us. May we fill up the measure of our possibilities, and so be perfect, as Thou, our Father, art perfect in love. AMEN.
Myers devotional today is a deep truth. Jesus taught a lot on what we as Christians are on earth for and it is always for OTHERS.
Our Christian walk is not one of seclusion like a monk. We are to be about our fathers business. If it seems an in-convenient time when someone calls you, or knocks on your door and has need, we are to do and give more than needed.
The beggar at the temple was pan handling, he expected his usually few coins and call it a day, but when Peter and John walked by the mans life was changed for ever, he was healed and never had to beg again, he was made whole, and what a day for that beggar.
We learn in this story we can not give away what we do not have, many have no money, but you have time, many do not have certain callings or gifts, but everyone has a calling and a gift, and you use that to the glory of God. Use it or lose it,( Parable of the talents ) we simply move in obedience and we hear the lord speak to our heart, this is the way walk ye in it.
We are to be ready in season and out of season, to give an answer to everyone that asks us about the hope we have. This means 24/7 and when it is convenient and not a convenient time.
We are called to share our lord with everyone we see, everyone standing in a line at a store, we are all called to this, a simple smile and a track handed to them could be the word that changes that person for life and makes them whole.
The small things we do, may seem little, but the domino effect works wonders, like pay if forward, we will never know until we reach heaven what an impact our small and seemingly insignificant life’s made on our fellow man, never underestimate what a word can do, what a kind act can do and going the extra mile can do.
It can turn into thousands of miles. the word of the lord never returns empty and so we must forge ahead in these days, we must be willing to go that extra mile, carry the torch handed down to us from the generation that has passed and we can light a blaze that will shine a light in this dark world.
All it takes is obedience and a willing heart, ask the lord, Lord what would you have me do today, is there anyone I should speak to, what ever you want to do with me today lord , even if it is an inconvenience, I am willing to go the extra mile as your ambassador on earth.
Jer 5:14 Wherefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire.......