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Go One More Mile

By The Revd Lam Chun-wai
        When it comes to doing good works, words like “sacrifice” and “generosity” immediately appear in people’s mind. Some people think that they could help the others only when they are available to do so. Yet, have you ever realised that true good deeds lie not in what you have done or how much you have given, but your thoughts at that particular moment. Those who do good are not forced, but are willing, voluntary and fearless of troubles. Even if he has only one dollar, he is still prepared to give it to people in need.
        “If someone forces you go one mile, go with him two miles.” (Matthew 5:41) In the past, according to the Roman law, all Roman soldiers had the right to request any civilians to help them carry their loads for at most one mile. This was to reserve the army’s strength. One mile does not seem to be long, but it can consume much energy and time of the civilians, and may lead them to the other direction. Also, when you have already walked one mile, another soldier may come and ask you to walk another one mile. Imagine that you can be forced to the west even if you intend to go to the east – who would like to see a Roman soldier in the journey?
        Nevertheless, Jesus Christ told His disciples to take the initiative to go one more mile. With the willingness to help, the civilian will no longer show a bad face, but even suggest going one more mile after finishing the first mile. Not only will the soldier be surprised by the civilian’s voluntary offer, he may also be curious to ask what drives the person to change his attitude and do such a good deed. Isn’t it a chance for the disciple to spread the good news of Jesus Christ? From this moment on, heaven is not only in the disciple’s heart, but in the heart of another person who has not yet believed in God as well.
        In Hong Kong, there is flag selling every Saturday to raise funds for various charities. Sometimes, some Hong Kong people take out their wallets because there is no alternative. Like being forced to walk one mile by the Roman soldiers, the person is by no means voluntary. Money given out under this circumstance cannot even be called “donation”, let alone “sacrifice”. Indeed, Hong Kong people are usually willing to help the others, but mostly they go no further than donating money. The key point is that they want to avoid any troubles. As a result, it is very difficult to ask them to exert more efforts. To them, walking one more mile is no easy task.
        In promoting organ donation, however, Christians must be more generous. Jesus Christ had said, “Go with him two miles.” The word “sacrifice” is no piece of cake. It is about forgetting oneself, being willing to help no matter how troublesome it may be, and even persuading people to work together.
        Organ donation is a benevolent deed. It requires us to be willing to go one more mile for those who are desperately waiting for organ transplant. We need to register online, or submit the completed form to the authority. Before this, we need to discuss with our families, and tell them clearly our wishes. Granted, all these bring us “unnecessary troubles”. However, for the sake of those who are on the verge of death, going one mile or even two miles for them regardless of they being strangers must be an action that pleases God. Hence, don’t forget: initiative and generosity are the first step, essential step to go that one mile.

2011-04-06   更新
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