What do you more than others?

What do you more than others?

Matthew 5:46, 47

“For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so?”

If you are a Christian, Jesus requires more of you than from others. For the world loves those who love them, but we are commanded to go further; we are told we must love those who hate us, pray for those who spitefully use us, and bless those who curse us. For if we do no more than those who are in sin, what difference is there?

As children of God we should do more than others because we have proclaimed that we are born again, and that God’s Spirit lives in us. Therefore, if God who is holy, righteous and good, lives in us, how is it that we can still act like the world? Our life must stand out as different, separate, and holy (2 Corinthians 6:17). When the world teaches to be prideful, we must be humble, when the world says to love those who love us, we must love those who hate us, and bless them. For the LORD Himself is good to all, even to blasphemers and haters of God.

We must do more than others because we have proclaimed to be the light of the world (Matthew 5:14, 15). For the world is in darkness and must look to us for the way, but if the light that is in you is darkness, how great is your darkness (Matthew 6:23)! What a betrayal to proclaim we know the way and yet show no one!

So please, if you say that God has saved you and made you a new creation, let it show in your actions. Love people more than is possible for the world, pray without ceasing, forgive continually, do more acts of kindness than those without God, even to your enemies, show mercy to all, and live in holiness, being perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect. For the world does not have power to live right, but you have the same power that raised Jesus from the dead (Romans 8:11), therefore you can and must do more than others do.

Love in Christ, Jonathan Ball  

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