Extra Mile-2

Matthew 5:41 “And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.”
Matthew 5:41 “And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.” (NKJV)
…From yesterday…
Jesus, his parents and other people had from his town travelled to Jerusalem for the customary feast. They all went, did the ceremony successfully and then returned to base, except the young lad called Jesus.
Luke 2:43 told us categorically that they finished the ceremony without any problem, and all but Jesus returned home. It was of interest to me when I noticed that Jesus was not the only young man there; he had his peer group and, in fact, that was why the parents mistakenly left him behind thinking he was with his peers.
Luke 2:44 “But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought him among [their] kinsfolk and acquaintance.”
It was customary for them in those days to travel with their peers. But I learnt an interesting lesson from Jesus here, and that is the fact that to become something great in life you must know how to separate yourself from the crowd!
Jesus did this effectively from age twelve and all through his earthly life and ministry. He however didn’t just separate himself for the fun of it; he did so to give his assignment something extra.
Friend, what extra are you ready to give to your assignment? As a student, what extra personal study time are you ready to commit to that difficult subject? As a pastor, how many extra hours are you ready to commit to word study and prayers?
What more are you ready to do that will separate you from the crowd?
Everybody closes by 4om in your office, but your boss sometimes doesn’t leave the office till 5pm. Although you know this, you can’t wait for 4pm to rush out. let’s borrow wisdom from our focal scripture:
Matthew 5:41 “And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.”
To be continued…
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