Posted by: peebles | July 24, 2012

Genesis 24:46 (NIV), “She quickly lowered her jar from her shoulder and said, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too.’ So I drank, and she watered the camels also.”

Going an extra mile, doing just a little bit more without even thinking about it, sets you a part from anyone else. There are people, who do not want any recognition, nor do they want to receive something in reply, they just do it because they have a different spirit, they have an ‘extra-mile mentality’, an ‘extra-mile attitude’. They are the kind of people who go that extra mile, and they love more than necessary simply because they care.

In the story of the Good Samaritan, in Luke 10, we see that the Samaritan came upon the wounded man, and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him. He bandaged his wounds, pouring in oil and wine. He put the man on his own donkey. He brought him to an inn and took care of him. He paid for his expenses and told the innkeeper to look after him. Then last of all, he was going to return to see how the man was doing and reimburse the innkeeper for looking after the man while he was gone. Not once, not twice, but eight times, the Samaritan did something for the stranger who was robbed and beaten.

Then we have the example of Boaz from the book of Ruth, he told his men not to embarrass Ruth when she was gleaning the grain, but instead, pull up handfuls for her and leave them for her to glean.

And then last of all, Jesus Christ, who led by example, who would go that extra mile, just because He loved people, and He loved to show, by His example, how to be an “extra-mile” Kingdom believer.

Mother Teresa once said, “We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love.” Also in our text today, when Rebekah came out and saw the man standing there by the well, she said to him, “Drink, and I’ll water your camels too.”  It goes on to say that, the man drank, and then, “she watered the camels also.”

My friend, for whom, have you gone that extra mile for lately? Or have you become so self-centered that you look the other way, or even close your eyes to those who need help? Have you become just like the Priests and Levites as in the story from Luke 10, of The Good Samaritan? There are so many people in our world today, need to see that there are still people of a different spirit, who would willingly help without wanting anything in reply, who would just do it, because the love of Christ compels them.

When a man becomes wrapped up in himself, he becomes a rather small package, but when he goes that extra mile, he becomes a blessing of the Lord through whom He can pour out His mercy, grace and tender loving-kindness. God has called us all to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, and become “extra-mile examples” of His grace; people who just do things, because the love of God compels us, to show Kingdom compassion to the “whosoever”.

God bless you my friend, Matthew.

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