Bible Verse

“If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic, hand him your cloak as well. Should anyone press you into service for one mile, go with him for two miles. Give to the one who asks of you, and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow.” — Matthew 5:40-42

Christian Bible Lesson Overview

It is always important to exceed expectations when you can.  Completing more than is expected is a concept that will help define you to your friends, fellow workers, classmates, and even enemies.  When you strive to accomplish more than was expected, you help others and create a positive role model for others. 

I learned this concept when I played football in college.  The Sermon on the Mount was my favorite passage in the Bible.  When I read the fifth chapter of Matthew carefully I began to understand how this lesson affected me and gave me guidance regarding how to support the team.  When I worked harder to accomplish the team objectives and was not concerned about my visibility, not only did the team benefit, but I received more support from the coaches and the other players.  I learned that doing more helped others and changed the way teammates and coaches perceived me.  I benefited more from mutual respect than I would have gained if I had not done the extra work.

During my college years, I did not see how the concept of doing more than expected applied to other areas of my life.  However, because I worked so hard doing more than expected while playing football, the work ethic applied when I went to flight school in the Marine Corps.  It would have been better if I knew the concept came from a Christian Lesson, but because I worked so hard to implement the concept during college football, it became part of my personality, and I applied it to flight school in the Marine Corps. 

When I started my business I applied the same concept.  This time I knew it was from the Christian Lesson and Jesus introduced the concept during the Sermon on the Mount.

Christian Lesson for Today

I applied the same concept of doing more than expected to all my work, friendships, family, and other interactions.  Other people always respond positively.  The benefits to everyone involved are much greater than the effort to do the extra work.  In the long run, the benefit to me is also well worth the effort.

It is important to apply the principle of doing more than expected when it applies to those who are unfriendly to you.  I was amazed at how quickly a relationship with someone unfriendly can change when you do more work than expected, and that person sees the benefit. 

Published by Jim Brandt

Jim Brandt was an all-conference college football player and served as a Marine Corps pilot during the Vietnam War. He also started a software company and served as an executive for the fifth-largest bank in the United States. Brandt won the Democratic party nomination for Congress twice. He is married and has three children.