There’s an interesting lesson in Genesis 18 that we might easily miss. It was the story of Abraham meeting with the pre-incarnate Christ together with other spiritual beings.
We read in Genesis 18:1-2:
1 Then the LORD appeared to him by the terebinth trees of Mamre, as he was sitting in the tent door in the heat of the day. 2 So he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing by him; and when he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them, and bowed himself to the ground…
Notice what Abraham said to his mysterious guests:
3 … and said, “My Lord, if I have now found favor in Your sight, do not pass on by Your servant. 4 Please let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree. 5 And I will bring a morsel of bread, that you may refresh your hearts. After that, you may pass by, inasmuch as you have come to your servant.”
- A little water
- Wash your feet
- Rest yourselves
- A morsel of bread
So, these were Abraham’s promises. As a result, the guests responded, “Do as you have said.”
However, see what Abraham did next in Genesis 18:6-8:
6 So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah and said, “Quickly, make ready three measures of fine meal; knead it and make cakes.” 7 And Abraham ran to the herd, took a tender and good calf, gave it to a young man, and he hastened to prepare it. 8 So he took butter and milk and the calf which he had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree as they ate.
Instead of simply preparing little, Abraham actually prepared more than what he said.
This is what we mean by promising a little, delivering much.
Abraham set an example that we should accumulate. We must always strive to go the extra mile.
As Paul reminds us:
“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men” (Colossians 3:23).
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Going the extra mile is part of being diligent in our work. If you wish to learn more, read the inspiring blog entitled, “Why You Need To Be A Diligent Christian.”