KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 5:41 KJV “And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain”.
When the Lord delivered his sermon on the mount, He introduced a higher kind of living than the normal Jewish life. He talked about the life of the sons of God. These are the type of people that God would use to reveal his works and glory. Among the many things He taught, He said such people would always have to go the second mile. They would do more than the ordinary man. Throughout the scriptures everyone who has been an instrument in the hands of God has done things that the ordinary man would not dream of doing. This act of doing more or going the second mile must always be a willing action. Mat 5:41 KJV “And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.”
We read about people like Moses who fasted for forty days on two different occasions. The man Enoch walked with God so devotionally to the point that God did not allow him to die like any other man, but took him out of this life. (Gen 5:4, Hebrews 11:5). He literally went the second mile. The life of Elijah reveals one who did more than the ordinary man. He stood for God at a time Jezebel and Ahab prostituted the whole land with idolatry. He was so jealous for the glory of God to the point that He prayed that it would not rain on the Land, so men’s attention would come back to God. God found in him a man to send, to turn the hearts of the land back to Him. After purging the land of the prophets of Baal, he prayed through till the rains came back again (1st Kings 17 & 18). He went the second mile to release God’s glory over the land.
Someone said extraordinary people are ordinary people who do extra things. 1Corinth 15:10 KJV ” But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me” .Apostle Paul said he is the least of the apostles because he persecuted the church, and was not with the twelve when the Lord was on earth. He says, in spite of this he worked harder than all of them, well, all this was by the grace of God. There is grace to make you go the extra mile. Don’t be settled with the ordinary life. Pray more, study more, fast more, sacrifice more, for there is grace for more strides in the Spirit, to bring more glory to God.
AS a son of God, I do all things to bring glory to my father. I do more than the ordinary man, because I have the ability of the Spirit at work in me.
Philippians 2:13 KJV “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure”.
John 1:12 KJV. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.