John 10:10 NKJV The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly.
In the Sermon on the Mount, (Matthew 5) Jesus introduces a new way of living.
He introduces them to several contrasts of how things “have been” and what they “will be” under his direction. Here are some of his examples of how his followers will live:
They will transition from no murder to controlling their anger – 5:21-26
From no adultery to not even lusting – 5:27-28
From revenge to turning your cheek – 5:38-40
From refusing to loan to giving to those needing help – 5:42
From hating enemies to loving and praying for them – 5:43-47
And in verse 41, he teaches the principle of going the 2nd or extra mile in your relationships with others. This is our focus for the first principle of living the best life we can live. How would this affect various areas of our lives?
Your marriage and treatment of your children?
Your personal friendships?
Your business or career?
Your community involvement?
Your spiritual life?
One way to exhibit the uniqueness of Jesus’ lifestyle, could be right here in the way you exhibit a willingness to do more than is expected. Let your light shine by showing the energy, the focus, the sincerity, the commitment to making your life and time count in all situations. Did Jesus follow his own instructions?
How did he demonstrate what it means to go the “extra mile”?
JESUS WENT THE EXTRA MILE IN HIS ___________________________________ Matthew 9:35-38; 14:14; 15:32; 20:34
JESUS WENT THE EXTRA MILE IN HIS ___________________________________ John 15:12-13; John 13:1-17; 1 John 3:16-18
JESUS WENT THE EXTRA MILE IN HIS ___________________________________ Mark 1:35; Luke 6:12; Luke 22:39-46; Luke 23:34
JESUS WENT THE EXTRA MILE IN HIS ___________________________________ Matthew 20:24-28; John 4:4-6, 32-34; John 5:28-30
Here’s the first principle of living life to its fullest: Don’t just “get by” in your faith, nor just “do your duty” – GO THE EXTRA MILE!
We recall the kind old grocer when the sugar he would pour; How he tipped the scales to balance, and then he’s adding a little more. And his business, how it prospered; folks were always in his store; For he gave an honest measure; then he’s added a little more.
So, it is with life, my friend; we would write a better score; If, when done what is expected; then we’d add a little more!