The Second Mile

“Whoever shall compel you to go a mile, go with him two.” (Matthew 5:41)

During the Roman Empire, when a Roman soldier wanted a Jewish boy to carry his pack for a mile, the boy would .have to obey. However he would never be required to carry the pack for more than a mile. That was until Jesus’ radical teaching  required those who were compelled to go one mile now  go two!

Jesus tells us to go the second mile. Not literally  in our culture, but symbolically, meaning for us to do a little more than what is expected. Jesus knew we couldn’t have an abundant life without going the second mile. The blessing that comes from it leaves a deposit of happiness on our heart. Also by traveling the second mile we influence others to do so as well.

God went the second mile when He gave His Son Jesus. God had created a perfect world with a guidebook that showed how to live it, but man turned away from God. So God sent Jesus to die for us.He travels with us on our second mile.

The next time we are asked by God to do something, let us do it wholeheartedly,then wait and see what happens.There is a blessing in heaven waiting just for you!  See you on the second mile……(Judy Whittaker)


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