I heard a great sermon this morning by Dr. David Gibbs, who was the guest speaker at our church’s 55th anniversary service. Dr. Gibbs is the founder of Christian Law Association (CLA) and while he professes to be a lawyer and not a preacher, he sure can preach.
This morning’s sermon came from Matthew chapter 5. Dr. Gibbs said that Spurgeon instructed preacher boys to preach from Matthew chapter 5 at least four times a year. After D.L. Moody passed away and the folks who do such things analyzed his sermons, they found that over 50% of all the sermons Moody ever preached came from the text in Matthew chapter 5. So, it stands to reason that if those two men believed Matthew chapter 5 was so important, then perhaps there is something there for us as well.
Dr. Gibbs shared a little history about the Persian rule and how they instituted a law that said anyone employed by the government could demand that average people work for the government anytime they were asked…on the spot…a mile at a time. When the Romans took over, they liked and kept that part of the Persian law. Even at the cross, we can see that take place when the soldier commanded Joseph to carry the cross for Christ, after Jesus collapsed under the weight of the cross. In Matthew 5:41, the Bible says that “whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.” It isn’t enough to do what is expected, we should do more than what is required.
The take-away message from the sermon is that as Christians we should be willing to do twice as much as is expected of us. Dr. Gibbs talked about many different areas of our lives in which we should be second-mile Christians but I want to focus on only one area…the home.
These are things I’m pondering about my own life…perhaps they will speak to you as well…
How much of a second mile Christian are we at home? We should want to be better Christians at home than we are anywhere else. To want to be a reflection of Christ…Second Mile Style.
- Do we do just enough to get by or do we strive to add the extra touches of beauty and grace to our home?
- Do we train our children just enough or do we instill into their lives the secrets of the Kingdom and character traits that will shape who they become?
- Is dinner time a rushed experience so we can get on to the next activity? Or is it a “happening” with candles and music and great conversation?
- Do our children have to act out to get our attention or do we intentionally engage their hearts and minds?
- Do our spouses feel that we give ourselves to them with the same dedication we give ourselves to others needs?
- Is our home a peaceful and safe haven from the rat-race and stressful world we live in?
- Is God’s love and goodness recognized and shared in our homes more than just on Sunday?
My heart was stirred today and challenged as I realized again the awesome responsibility I have been given to create an atmosphere inside my home that will allow the people who live there to reach their full potential. A place where Christ is the center, where beauty is always present, love is unconditional, respect is natural, affection is plentiful, mercy is abundant, grace is offered, and trust is sacred.
Blessings to you! From my heart,