If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
Matthew 5 : 41 – 42
Why in the world would someone go an extra mile when being forced to go the first mile? You didn’t want to go the first mile so it makes absolutely no sense to go another mile on a journey you didn’t even want to go on in the first place. We live in a world where people are taught to give just what they are asked to give, not go above and beyond. We are expected to give the bare minimum, and not go above and beyond what was asked or in this situation forced.
It becomes easy to turn a blind eye to those who ask something from us. It became normal for me to pass people on the street asking for money, food, help, any compassion. The culture was very much that people need to be able to take care of themselves, and that we should mind our own business.
Then Jesus comes in and throws a wrench in, and says NOPE, try again!! You want to be my disciple, then it looks like this. Jesus calls us to love people. To make things even more interesting, he makes sure that we know that loving like Jesus loves is going to those places and to those people that make us uncomfortable, to go beyond where we are willing, to care for those who Jesus calls beloved.
Prayer: Loving God, help us to be uncomfortable in serving you. Help us to go beyond where we are willing, and to follow you into the unknown. We give you thanks that there is no one beyond your love. We give you thanks that you claim us all as your beloved, and have given us the call to care for all people. Amen
Action: Do something to care for someone that is going to put you beyond your comfort zone. Go that extra mile, and do not turn away from someone who asks to borrow from you.