GOING THE EXTRA MILE

Wednesday 4th December, 2019

Matthew 15:32 Then Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way.

An argument popular in our day used to avoid responsibility are the words ‘it’s not my job’. Most of the time, this claim is valid- it really is somebody else’s job.
Those who made the decision to follow Jesus should also have made plans for what they would eat because they went to be taught and healed, not to be physically fed. However, even though
Jesus had taught and healed them, He was not willing to dismiss them without satisfying their physical hunger.

His response to their situation reminds us of the words in Saint James’ letter: ‘Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? (James 2:15,16). It would have been futile if all spiritual needs were addressed but their immediate need for food ignored.

In any given situation, the context-specific requirements would be different depending on the prevailing circumstances. Needs will therefore vary and expectations be altered. It is in knowing what to do and what to address that becomes paramount. That may trigger a suggestion or action not directly part of one’s job role, an indicator that one has gone the extra mile as Jesus did.

#sly

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