We’ve all seen it; maybe even experienced it. It’s that point in time when someone goes above and beyond what’s expected. Someone has gone “the extra mile”. They’ve done something that wasn’t expected, something extraordinary. But, what makes someone do that? Are the seeking notoriety? Are they longing to receive a pat on the back? For those who like the praise of men, they will do things to receive notice from others. But, why does the Christian go the extra mile? What motivates us to go above and beyond the call of duty? Think about these passages of scripture. Philippians2:4-8 “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death-- even death on a cross!” The greatest motivator to go above and beyond to help someone else is none other than Jesus Christ. Walking the extra mile helps us to put others before ourselves. It’s a discipline taught by Christ Himself. We can allow prejudices, biases or even misunderstandings to keep us from going the second mile. When these factors weigh down on us, entitlement is the result. It’s unfortunate we live in such a “consumer-minded” society that most folks concentrate on what’s only best for themselves. Listen to the words of Paul found in 2 Corinthians 5: 14 and 15. “For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.” Do like Jesus did. Put other’s needs before your own. Go the extra mile. Going the extra mile brings happiness that only comes from serving like our Savior did.
Have a blessed day and remember the One who gave it to you! Kevin
Kevin Lough is the minister at the Whitehall Church of Christ in Fairmont WV.