What, you may ask, is the transcendent life? Transcendency means you rise above the situation! Matthew 5:38, 39 says “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth!’ But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also!” Jesus tells us here that you don’t just bite your teeth and let someone strike you. You don’t just reluctantly give your shirt to him who asks for it. You do not just warily walk a mile because you are compelled to do so. If you do any of these, it is useless, for then you have not transcended.
Who, then, can transcend? How then do you transcend? Here is the answer: It is he to whom the Lord has given a life so rich that when disgraced he can turn the left cheek. This is the person that has a life so big that he can walk the second mile when only compelled to walk one mile. In other words, the Christian reaction is neither forced nor meager! I heard someone say the other day, “I nearly lost my temper!” When he said it, he looked as if he was victorious. But this is not the Christian reaction: genuine Christian reaction must be abundant, with more to spare! You must be able to stand more. This is called the second mile. If you bear someone treating you badly, this is the right cheek. But if you go beyond and treat that person well in return, you are more than a conqueror before God - this is the left cheek. The left cheek means fullness; it means having more to spare. Christian victory is always running over; it is never “barely enough”. A Christian has more than enough to spare. He always transcends what he himself can do. So his victory is not forced. He doesn’t need to bite his teeth and reason in order to preserve himself. He overcomes easily before the Lord. He allows the Lord to enlarge him time and time again.
Our transcendency is before the Lord. The most people can demand is only one mile, but what the Lord requires is the second mile. What man may compel me to do is limited to the first mile, but what I give him is something more. I add to it, for my transcendency is with the Lord. This is the transcendent life - this is the abundant life! This is the life that I desire to live - high and above! Let’s rise above in 2016!