Today I thought I'd share from my devotional Touching The Words of Christ. I love that my mom got to have a hands on relationship with the Living Word.
For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye?
Do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only,
what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans the same? Matthew 5:46-47
Jesus expects us to do the unexpected. And why wouldn’t He? We are His followers and He hit the ball out of Expectation Park all the time. He’s just told us to love our enemies. We know how to love, in return for love. We greet our friends and neighbors. So what? Even non-believers do that. Jesus wants us to step up to the plate ready to love and pray for our enemies.
Do more. Be more. When others are living life large He expects us to live life more. You can have a good life without the more but you’ve already gotten your reward. Better, oh so much better and greater is the reward that awaits us in heaven. We can’t be afraid to aim for the fences and hit it out of Expectation Park and round those bases for the glory of our Captain.
The Captain has developed this game strategy for the believer and there are no guaranties. It doesn’t say love and pray for your enemies and they’ll stop being your enemies. We cannot control what they do; only what we do. We cannot control what pitches are thrown at us; only how well we swing the bat. All we can do is more. All we can be is more. All we can give is more.
And the Lord of All is ready to supply what we need to live as Believers who do more. He’s waiting to fit us with the uniform with the great big M. More, yes I want more of Him.