Going the Extra Mile

Scott Murray | August 17, 2017

Matthew 5:14–16

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

—Matthew 5:14–16

We Murrays love our neighbors!

When we moved into our neighborhood, there was a great family living behind us.  I remember what it was like when we first moved in, and did not know them the way we do now. The husband was always in the backyard playing with his kids—and all the neighbor kids as well.

Each October they have a neighborhood Halloween party. One year we were invited. We came, and had a blast getting to know them and the other neighbors. I said to the husband, “You know what would be great for your Halloween party? You need a live cover band.”

He completely agreed and asked if I knew of one. I said, “Yeah, I have a band!”

Ever have a moment when you say something and wish you could grab the words and shove them back into your mouth? Well, this was one of those times.

The next Halloween party included my band (which in reality was a couple of dads I had led worship with in the junior high ministry). We loved it!

We have played for that party the last three years, gaining a repertoire of 30 songs or so. When we started the “band” we talked about doing this as ministry. I expressed that this was my opportunity to show just how loving Christ followers can and should be to their neighbors.

It just so happens that we get to play a ton of covers from the 80s, 90s, and today!

Christ followers need to go the extra mile when it comes to being light in their communities. When I say “community” in this way I am talking about where we live, and the people we encounter every day. You may not go to church with them, or even share common beliefs. These are the people who are watching you to see what it means to be a Christian.

Our band puts a lot of work into this annual party. Yes, we have great fun doing it. Who said being an ambassador for Christ can’t be a blast?

Questions for reflection and discussion: Who are these people in your life—those where you live and who you encounter every day? Is it the people you work with? Is it the people you see at the local coffee shop every morning? Maybe it’s the parents of the kids your children go to school with. Do you go the extra mile for them? Think about this today. Are there people in your life that can use a little more of you? You may be surprised how powerful it can be.

 

This week's devotionals were written by Scott Murray, the Young Adults Pastor at Wheaton Bible Church. Married to Katie and father of four, Scott graduated from Phoenix Seminary with a Masters in Biblical Leadership.

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