Jesus said, "Whoever shall force you to go one mile, go with him two" (Matt. 5:41). He was referring to the law where a Roman soldier could compel any Jew to carry his backpack for one mile. The pack was called a sarcina and weighed 66 pounds. If you refused to carry it, you would be flogged.
Imagine being on your way to your destination when a Roman soldier orders you to carry his 66-pound pack. It would be hard enough to carry it for one mile but now Jesus tells you to carry it an extra mile. So now you must carry it two miles and then walk two miles back to your original starting point, which now makes four miles. (Remember, you're walking under a heavy load and not driving a car.)
Let's say you've carried the pack for a mile and the soldier says, "You can put it down now." You reply, "I want to carry this for you for another mile." The soldier curiously asks, "Why would you want to do that?" You answer, "Jesus told me to do this for you." Now you have an opportunity to share your faith with this Roman soldier as you walk that extra mile. By going above and beyond your expected duty, his heart opens and is receptive to what you have to say. There's no telling how many Roman soldiers became Christians during that second mile.
We don't carry packs for Roman soldiers anymore, but the principle of going the extra mile is still applicable to us today. Do more than what people are expecting at your job, at home, and in your relationships. When husbands and wives are fighting each other their hearts can become closed toward each other. However, when you choose to go the extra mile out of your way to bless your spouse, your hearts will open up to each again. Keep doing things that will please your spouse and you can save your marriage and make it enjoyable again. Going the extra mile at your job just might keep you from getting laid off.
When we obey what Jesus asks us to do we will see Him act supernaturally in our situation. It’s not the first mile where miracles occur. It’s the second mile.
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