Believer, happy New Year to you and your family. Great words you spoke concerning going the extra mile.
I believe Christians get complascent, happy they are saved, sing songs, go to church and talk about Jesus, but they are not going the extra mile. I've thought about that and I think it is because many are not really saved. If they were the Spirit would be convicting them, guiding them, and they would be going out of their way to make a difference in some way for the glory of God. All the enjoyment they have is for themselves. That is only my opinion. What other reason could it be that stops them?
---Mark_V. on 12/31/11|
God bless you Mark V, Jesus went the extra mile - he reached out to those that other people overlooked and undervalued in other words "YOU AND ME". Going the extra mile is not about making yourself feel better but being an ambassador for Christ everyday of our lives. For the gentleman who blogged about his boss. God is your boss NOT man and if God has allowed this to happen it is for a reason. Gods chastising is not pleasant but is necessary. Instead of being angry at your boss - get on your knees, repent and ask God to show you what you were supposed to learn from it. Romans 8v28 says that "all things (even the painful ones) work together for good." Happy New Year
---The_Believer on 12/27/11|
I try to go an extra two or three miles rather than just one extra mile. It makes me feel like I'm better than others and the extra exercise helps me keep the weight off.
---Jed on 12/26/11|
I believe the extra mile here is total commitment of our lives to Christ. Not just on and off when we want. Some just commit by saying, others commit by doing. Walking the walk. Christmas and birthdays just happens to be a day everyone including nonchristians who show their love by giving gifts to others, but genuine Christians show the love for others every day.
---Mark_V. on 12/24/11|
Neither did God teach us to blog on the computer, so it also must be evil.
---micha9344 on 12/24/11|
NO. how can a person learn to work. this will make them more LAZY. I did that at work & the manager will abuse you, your lazy co worker will take advantage. christians SHOULD LEARN HOW TO SAY NO.
---mike on 12/23/11|
Don't justify a pagan festival with the teachings of Jesus Christ. If you love God, you would do well to speak the Truth unto others of what Scripture reminds us daily,
"Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God,
Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain."
Did God teach us to cut down trees and place them in our homes, decorate them with ornaments?
---christan on 12/22/11|
The extra mile came from Jesus's teachings. During the Roman empire a roman soldier could demand a man of age (at least 15 or 16) to carry his equipment a maximum of one mile. During this mile the soldier is in control but the extra mile the tables are turned and the person with the equipment is in control by serving. Which coupled with pray for your enemies (Rome was the enemy)is very powerful.
---Scott1 on 12/22/11|
I agree with going the extra mile all year long. Jesus did not say "love your neighbor only on my birthday." He said, "love your neighbor as yourself."
---Trish on 12/21/11|
No, they should do it EVERY day, not just at Christmas.
I do favors for my friends and neighbors all year long. When Christmas comes, I don't give them gifts because I do it all year long. How would showing the Love of God ONE DAY a year effect you?
---anon on 12/21/11|