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If You Want to Lead

Posted By at Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Matthew 5:41 Whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.

By law, a Roman citizen or soldier could compel a subject from one of Rome's conquered lands to carry his backpack, or load, for him for one mile, but one mile only. As Jesus was preaching His Sermon on the Mount, He said, "If someone compels you to go one mile, you should double up and go two."

The first mile is required of us. The first mile is always the hardest. Ask the distance runner. The second wind never kicks in on the first mile. The truth is, it's not as easy to enjoy the things we have to do, as it is to enjoy the things we want to do.

The Christian life has its own mandated mile that's motivated by God’s law. It is tough to get started on the first mile. Ask any first-century Jew under Roman rule. The first mile interrupts your schedule when you are compelled to perform it. It causes you to swallow your own pride and bear an extra burden.

Likewise, often the most difficult part of the Christian life is getting started on the first mile. This is true with almost everything in life; with exercise programs, dieting and scores of other disciplines. Even in scripture memorization! 

In fact, many try to jump over Matthew 5:41. That is, they want to enjoy the little extras of the second mile, but they do not want to deal with the requirements of the first mile.

But according to Proverbs 3:27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do so.

If we really want to succeed in life; we need to find a need and fill it, find a hurt and heal it, find a barrier and pull it down. The secret to personal success is to meet a need!

Any business will only be a success if it seeks to serve its customers honestly.

That means it is impossible to serve without putting the other person first. Isn't that just what Jesus did for you and for me in denying Himself and taking up the cross? And He said we should do the same if we want to be His followers.

I heard it described this way; 'to be a servant you must be willing to bear the cross and you can't succeed unless you serve'.

I also heard it said this way; 'a missionary is not someone who crosses the sea but someone who sees the cross'.

Jesus said if you want to be a leader, you first become a servant, deny yourself and seek to serve, not to be served.

Matt 20:26 Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant.

Norman