When Jesus had finished saying all this to the people who were listening, he entered Capernaum. There a centurion’s servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die. The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant. When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, “This man deserves to have you do this, because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue.” So Jesus went with them. He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: “Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed.For 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.” 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.”
I read this story today and it blew me away. My mind tends to go all topsy curvy with stuff like this but try to follow my train of thought (if you can’t, no fault with you, I am probably just being confusing and ridiculous). But when I read that last verse I was thinking, I want that faith. That faith that is the greatest in the land, the faith that believes that God can work miracles, and that God can change lives.
You see, sometimes this is cemented in my mind, but too often it wanders and I do not focus on it. At the center of a relationship is the fact the Jesus changes lives. As a Christian you must know this because He changed yours.
I believe this is true! And I am gonna start acting like it. I need to. It is vital to my life-giving relationship with Jesus. He changed my life, I know He can do so much. I am challenging myself to pray for those in my life that do not yet know Him, and those I am to meet in this next month, that they may begin to know Him. He has that power. The power to lift a life out of Hell and into eternal peace. I need to believe that and ACT LIKE I DO. And so do you.
This may have been all over the place, but even in the midst of my sin and shame this is what the Lord has taught me.
God bless. Praise the Lord for His mercies are new everyday.