The Faith of the Centurion
We have all heard the term, “faith,” spoken in one way or another. Whether we hold dear to our hearts & have be a vital part of our everyday lives, or if we just think of as another word, is entirely up to us. Faith though is something that IS a vital part of our lives (or at least it should be). You know it takes “faith” to get out of bed in the mornings. It takes “faith” to sit on your couch and trust that it will hold you up. It takes “faith” to drive a car. Faith is required for us to function each day. But how well are we aware of the power of faith? I was reading my morning devotion this morning, and I was directed to read Matthew 8:5-13. This is the story of how Jesus healed the centurion’s servant.
5When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. 6“Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed and in terrible suffering.” 7Jesus said to him, “I will go and heal him.”
8The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
10When Jesus heard this, he was astonished and said to those following him, “I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. 11I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
13Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! It will be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that very hour.
What a powerful passage of sccripture. We see that the centurion’s servant was healed due to the FAITH of the centurion. WOW! Many times in the Bible we read of how Jesus healed people and He said to them, “Your faith has healed you.” I believe that should let us know just how important faith is in our lives. It is so easy for us to lose sight of our faith in Christ when our life circumstances seem a bit overwhelming & discouraging. But you know our circumstances are not bigger than Jesus! Remember Peter walking on the water to Jesus? He was walking on the water without any problems, even though there was a storm all around him, until he took his focus off of Jesus & placed it on the surrounding storm. His faith in Christ was thrown to the side, when he saw the storm as being the biggest thing around him. We are guilty of doing this too. Financial struggles, broken relationships, job insecurities, poor health, and many other discouraging life circumstances can take our focus off of Christ & cause us to lose the faith in Christ that we are called to have. The wonderful thing though is that Christ never leaves us. Even during our times of stress & frustration, while we are cyring out to God asking Him why He has abandoned us, He is STILL WITH US. He never leaves us, but we forget that when we begin to focus too intensely on our life circumstances.
I want to have the faith that the centurion had in this passage. Without hesitation he responded by telling Jesus all it would take would be Jesus speaking the words of healing over his servant without having to be in the house with the servant! The centurion knew that Jesus could heal his servant, & he had FAITH that Jesus would heal his servant. Scripture tells us that Jesus was amazed at the faith of the centurion. I want Jesus to be amazed at my faith. Don’t you want to have the kind of faith that amazes Jesus?