21 Habits For Uncommon Success in 2023: Part 6

Daily Devotional

Do More than is Asked or Expected of You

Matthew 5:41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.

While most of us are content with doing the bare minimum, a principle used by the most successful is to do more than is expected of them. Jesus taught this principle in Matthew 5:41 where he said, “and whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain”. Why is this a principle that you should adopt? Walking a mile is not something that most of us would want to do, yet Jesus said if you are asked to go a mile, do more than that. What Jesus is encouraging us to do is to make the sacrifice to do more than is asked or expected of us. Why should we do this?  It will generate favor for you and set you up for a promotion.

Doing more than is expected was partially responsible for the success of Joseph and Ruth. Joseph was asked to interpret the dream of Pharaoh in Genesis 41, but he went further and offered him wise counsel, telling Pharaoh to respond by identifying a wise man to task with the responsibility of gathering one-fifth of all that was produced in the land. By doing more than was expected it was deemed by Pharaoh that none was as wise as Joseph, so he was given the position as governor of Egypt. Ruth also used this principle to good effect. After her husband died, she was well within her rights to leave the company of Naomi, her mother-in-law, and go on her own to find a new husband.  However, she never followed that path. Instead, she left her mother and father and her native land of Moab to go with Naomi to Bethlehem. By doing more than was expected, Ruth generated great favor and became the wife of Boaz, who was one of the wealthiest men in the land. Ruth came out of poverty as a result, and the primary driving force was not her beauty or nice personality, but because she did more than was expected of her.

You too can use this principle to change your world. If you are in business or ministry, do more than is expected by offering more value or benefits to those you serve than is customary in your field. If you are employed, utilize the principle by making more sales calls than is required, working extra hours and going beyond the call of duty to help your employer achieve their objective.

Life Application: Do more than is expected or asked of you by thinking of ways that you can deliver greater value or benefits than is anticipated. 

Prayer: Lord, help me to go above and beyond what is expected of me. Give me the strength so that I can excel in all aspects of my life. In Jesus’ name, amen.


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