“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.
-Matthew 5:39-41 NIV
You’re in an awkward situation and someone says, “Just act naturally”. Jesus speaks to us today with a better idea. When someone strikes you, it’s natural to strike back. When someone tries to take something from you, it’s natural to cling tightly, and keep what is yours. It’s natural to resist when forced to do something against your will. Jesus says, “Act unnaturally!” Our current sermon series is designed to encourage and equip us by the Spirit’s power to live in ways that are different so that others will see our faith in action, and be attracted to a relationship with Jesus. The actions listed above will certainly attract attention. Jesus’ action on the cross attracted attention. People expected a mighty warrior in the earthly sense. Jesus came to sacrifice and earn salvation for sinners. Jesus gave his life for sinners, and asked that the Father forgive those who were killing him. As a result, even one of the soldiers at the cross said, “Surely this man was the Son of God.” As you live sacrificially and give more than is expected, as you live unnaturally to show the humility and love of Christ, others will notice. Be a contagious Christian through contagious sacrifice.