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Here’s a secret every good volunteer and leader knows: You don’t do something because you feel like it. You do something in order to feel like it. If you only do what you have to do, you will be limited in what you do. It’s the stuff that you don’t have to do that ultimately changes your faith.
Maybe that’s what Jesus meant when He suggested this to a group of people gathered around Him to hear Him teach:
Someone - Forces - Mile - Miles - Them
“Suppose someone forces you to go one mile. Go two miles with them.”
To us, this sounds odd. But in the context of the Roman law imposed upon the Jewish people two thousand years ago, this was a bold challenge. The Jews resented and even hated the Romans because of the Roman Empire’s heavy-handed taxes and laws. One of those laws required anyone twelve years or older to carry a soldier’s gear for an entire mile if they were asked. It was in light of that law that Jesus taught the principle of going an extra mile.
Teenage - Boy - Jerusalem - Routine - Picture
Imagine a teenage boy in ancient Jerusalem, going through his daily routine. Picture him as he comes around a corner and notices a Roman soldier about to dismount his horse. The boy freezes, trying to retrace his steps and avoid being seen. He knows if the soldier notices him, he’ll be commanded to carry the soldier’s gear. But it’s too late. The soldier catches the boy’s eye and motions for him to come over, and then loads the young man down with all his equipment. And from there, because the boy has no choice, because it’s the law, they start the long walk through town.
Now, let’s pretend this particular boy just happened to be in the crowd when Jesus said, “If someone forces you to go one mile....
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