The Extra Mile

In Matthew 9:36-38, it says that Jesus saw the crowds and he had compassion on them.  They were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.  Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.  Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out the workers into his harvest field.”

Jesus saw the people not just as sheep without a shepherd, but also sheep being chased by a pack of wolves – bleeding, wandering, lost, and totally exhausted.

We can use the same description for today’s generation of fatherless boys and young men.  Looking at them this way should break our hearts and fill us with compassion.  They are as sheep without a shepherd.  It’s important that we men listen to these boys, find out where they are coming from and take the time to get involved in their lives, their hurts, and their successes. We can’t blow them off.  They are crying out for help.

God is “a father to the fatherless” (Psalm 68:5) and He waits with His arms open wide for the fatherless to come to him. However, He needs us to help that boy find his way into His open arms.  We must be willing to go the extra mile and join that boy on his journey.

Just as John the Baptist cried out as a lone voice in the wilderness preparing the way for the coming of the Lord, this next generation of men is crying out with a loud voice.  Do you hear them crying for help?  They have no direction, no guidance, no role models and no support. God is calling these boys who are wandering in the desert of life.  He wants to give them a focus of destination and destiny, to empower them to do great things in His name.

Men, we need to be willing to go the extra mile and to join God in redeeming these boys and help them become the men that He created them to be.  Whom will they turn – men in the church – or men in the world?  You can make a difference.

The extra mile, a lonely road!

Sam Mehaffie
Saving Our Boys Ministry