Go the Extra Mile


St Wilfrid's Devotional Blog - Going the Extra Mile

Posted on: 13th Jan 2020

“If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.”
Matthew 5:41

How do you respond when you are asked to do something you do not want to?

The most recent craze to sweep social media has been the 10 year challenge. Users have been encouraged to look through their photos and pitch a recent photo next to one from a decade ago. Then friends and followers get to like or comment about the transformation. I fell into this fad and posted a photo of me and my children (the one’s who were born 10 years ago). It is fair to say that there have been significant changes over this period.

I can think of other crazy fads that have taken place during this last 10 years, non more-so than ‘Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen’ which has been seen 301,177,424 times as I write this (once more I will be honest, for research purposes).

I feel the same confusion sometimes when I read the Bible. They had some strange customs and laws that they had to follow. Can you imagine someone coming up to you in the street, interrupting your plans and demanding you go 1 mile out of your way to carry their things? How would you respond? The common responses would have been to do it (to avoid a beating), but moan and argue about the oppression and unfairness of the system. Jesus uses this strange custom to teach about attitude. This is where we get the phrase “going the extra mile” from.

Challenge – Think about a time when you have had a bad attitude to being asked to do something that you think is unfair, or you that didn’t want to do. What do you think would have been the response if you had offered to, ‘go the extra mile’?

Action this week – Go the extra mile. When you feel like you are asked to do something that you do not want to do, challenge your attitude. Do what you have been asked and go the extra mile.

Remember, if you have any prayer requests, please feel free to pass them on either by email, in person, or by using the QR code on the prayer posters around school.

Lord direct us to live life to the full