If a soldier demands that you carry his gear for a mile, carry it two miles.
In the New Testament times, the Roman government could compel anyone into its service to carry a load as far as a mile. Jesus was saying to go beyond obligations to others and exceed all expectations with expressions of love and service.
There are times when God asks us to do things that are hard, things that don’t make sense. It might be to give something to others when we need it more than them. Perhaps it’s to take a step of faith when we don’t have the experience or to forgive someone who doesn’t deserve it. Everything in our logic says, “This isn’t right. It’s not fair.” God is asking you to go the extra mile. When you obey, there’s a blessing that follows. If you’re going to see extra-mile blessings, you have to have extra-mile obedience. When you do the hard thing that God’s asking you to do, it’s not because God’s trying to make your life miserable. It’s because He has something awesome coming your way. He’s setting you up for promotion, divine connections, favor that you’ve never seen.
Prayer for Today
Father, thank You for the opportunities You bring my way to serve others. Thank You that Jesus came not to be served but to serve others and give His life as a ransom for many. Help me to be like Him and keep going the second mile for others, knowing Your blessings are coming. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.