The "HARD" truth concerning real leadership


 

TEXT: MATTHEW 5:41

41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.


Just about a decade before the birth of Jesus, the Roman senate had passed a law that read, "In any conquered province within the Roman Empire, soldiers may compel able bodied men to bear their burden one mile, but no more."

So this meant, if a Roman soldier saw a Jewish man or boy he could command the person to carry his backpack or (burden) for a mile. (It’s been said that every Jewish boy had a mile marked off in his head from every direction from his door step of his house).

The Jewish boy or man was required by law to carry this soldier’s burden for a mile, However, most Jews would not carry this burden one inch or one foot further than the law required.

The Roman mile was 1000 paces or 1520 yards…a little shorter than the mile that Americans are familiar with. As you can imagine, this law caused terrible resentment among the Jews toward the Roman government.

Can you imagine how the Jews felt when Jesus said, “go the second mile?” I’m sure people said, “He must be kidding - Does he really expect us to do more than the law requires us to do?”

In essence, what Jesus was saying is that “my disciples” need to do more than the legalists who do no more than what is only required of them!


The HARD truth concerning real leadership is that we must do MORE than what is required! Why? Because we are DISCIPLES of Jesus Christ!!!!!!!!


THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE FIRST MILE AND THE SECOND MILE?

1. THE FIRST MILE IS CROWDED, BUT THE SECOND MILE IS NOT BUSY AT ALL.

2. THE FIRST MILE IS CONGESTED, THE SECOND MILE IS SHALLOW.

3. THE FIRST MILE IS BUMPER TO BUMPER, THE SECOND MILE IS A SMOOTH AND OPEN FREEWAY.


The hard truth is, LEADERS DO MOST OF THE WORK. Your pastor relies on the leadership of the church to make church happen! Leaders are the ones that grow the church or shrink the church.




(Stay tuned for the entire sermon to be made available soon on this site)


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