TEXT: Matthew 5:38-42
The mentality of the world is to do what is expected -- oftentimes begrudgingly -- and no more. But followers of Christ are called to go above and beyond that which is expected or commanded of them. That is the type of spirit Jesus teaches when he says, "And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain."
Jesus was speaking of Roman soldiers and government officials who had the authority to "conscript" citizens into service. A soldier on government business could command a private citizen to carry his supplies to a certain destination. The soldier may have been of the lowest rank, but he held the authority of Rome and the private citizen was compelled to obey. Of course, the Jews despised this state of affairs and complied only begrudgingly. If they were told to go one mile, they would go that far and no more.