DayBreaks for 2/19/14 – Beyond Duty: the Second Mile
Matthew 5:38-42 (NIV) You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
In a story you may have never read in the history books, it was shortly after the battles ended that concluded the American Revolution, but before the peace had been negotiated, that George Washington was with his troops in Newburgh, New York. But the soldiers began to grow very restless because they hadn’t been paid. Washington had begged the Continental Congress to do what they said they would do and pay the soldiers, but they refused.
Some of the officers began to organize a rebellion. They talked about marching on Philadelphia, which was at that time the seat of the reigning national government, and overthrowing that government and letting the army rule the nation.
With the fate of America in the balance, George Washington made a surprise appearance before these officers. After praising them for their service and thanking them for their sacrifice, he pulled from his pocket a copy of a speech that he wished to read. But then he fumbled with a paper and finally reached for a set of reading glasses-glasses those men had never seen him wear before. Washington made this simple statement: “I have already grown grey in the service of my country, and now I am going blind.”
Historian Richard Norton Smith wrote: “Instantly rebellion melted into tears. It was a galvanizing moment…” and the rebellion was put down because they had seen before them a second miler.
Every chance you get for the glory of Jesus, for the goodness of others, and because of the grace of God, go the second mile. It can change eternity.
Are you a “second miler”? Be one today…let it become a habit and an offering to Christ.
PRAYER: We don’t want to be inconvenienced, Lord, and we focus on our plan, our schedule, our life and become so busy we won’t go the first mile for someone else, let alone two miles. Slow us down, make us eager to go beyond the call of duty for Your glory! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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