The Northfield

  2535 Shore Road

  Northfield, NJ 08225


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"And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?" Matt 5:47

As a coach, I always felt like the more time I spent with my athletes, the better they would get. Early in my coaching career, I even got in trouble for coaching "too much." (Saturday mornings)...I wasn't sure if I was the best coach out there so I just didn't want to get "outworked."

We cannot take the word "do" out of our Bibles. Christianity is a religion of doing. Do is here to stay! Jesus put it this way.."Not everyone who says to me 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who DOES the will of my Father who is in heaven" (Matt. 7:21...caps were mine). He also said, "You are my friends if you DO what I command" (Jno. 15:14). In this case He was referring to the love displayed by the father and by Him. Over and over again, Christians are told to do. Look at the lesson taught to us by the parable of the Good Samaritan, as only one man was willing to do..."There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, 'Son, go out and work today in the vineyard.' 'I will not,' he answered, but later changed his mind and went. Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing, He answered, 'I will sir,' but he did not go (Matt.21: 28-30). It is so obvious who did what the father wanted.

The second word to look at in today's verse is "more." How much more are you doing? Jesus is not just talking about "putting in time," but rather, putting in a lot of quality time. In the parable of the ten virgins, (Matt. 25:1-13) five of the women put in some time in their preparation, but just not enough. Only the five who did more were ready to meet the bridegroom. The quality and amount of work that we do ought to be commensurate with our abilities, and maybe just a little more...

Finally, today's verse says, "than others." It suggests that we should be better than others. Disciples of Christ ought to be the ones visiting the sick. They should be the ones stretching their budgets of time and money so that they can give more. Only when we are exhibiting the characteristics that a Christian ought to, do we have a positive effect on the world. We should be better friends, parents, children, students and neighbors..We ought to be more forgiving, charitable, congenial, benevolent and compassionate than others. After all, we have more than all others because we have Jesus...More is expected of us..

Have a wonderful day..Go about doing good.... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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