Today’s Reading - Luke 7:1-23
9 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.” 10 Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well. - Luke 7:9-10
A Gentile, a Roman centurion, who had only known of Jesus just a short amount of time, is acknowledged as having greater faith than all the people of Israel. By Jesus himself. Folks, plain and simple, you want to be on the other side of the ledger from those who think they have great faith and exhibit little faith. Jesus’ statement was really a dagger in the heart of the Jews. You do not want to be among those deemed living with little faith yet thinking they have great faith. Note that the centurion sent for Jesus then later sent others out to stop him because he didn’t think he was worthy of Jesus coming. There are many things about this story of a centurion and his servant one could speculate about, including his actual relationship with Jesus. Here’s what we do know. Jesus, regardless of whether the centurion believed He was the Savior, deemed his actions as exhibiting great faith and he healed the servant. Possibly this ends the speculation. Jesus saw into the heart of the centurion just like he sees into our heart. People may look at us and think we are doing something for all the wrong reasons yet God acts on our behalf. Purity of heart is an important characteristic we should be striving for as followers of Christ. We will undoubtedly be like the centurion and just need to walk in the understanding of what Christ can do even if we haven’t sorted out all the details. And ask. Be a person of great faith.
Heavenly Father, thank you for being understanding and moving in our life when it would appear you wouldn’t. Strengthen us in our faith so we might be a person of great faith. Forgive us for often being people of little faith. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.