As I was reading the story of the centurion, once finished I exclaimed to myself “Now that is some kind of faith!”
Here is the bible story:
“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… 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.”” Luke 7:2-3, 6-9
I wonder if that is my kind of faith?
Or am I, even knowing and having a personal relationship with Christ, more prone to a ‘faith’ that doubts the absolute power and kingship of Christ.
It’s a tough self check but it makes me reflect deeply on what am I trusting and believing in God for and what am I not? If I don’t wake up in the morning praising him and continually checking in with him first throughout the day, then is Christ really who I am trusting and have faith in or is it myself?
If I only trust him for the big things or the scary things or the “I have nowhere else to turn” things then truly is that having faith in Christ? Some may say yes but it tells me that my faith is conditional. That I am treating God like a vending machine instead of humbly acknowledging the omnipotent King of kings.
Food for thought: Run a faith check on your own life? What do you see? God doesn’t have a measuring stick against us on our level of faith but how pleasant it would be to live a life of constant faith in Christ alone!
Prayer: Christ, our cornerstone. Bled and died for a sinner like me. Never deserving. But you looked on me and called me worthy. Like the centurion, may we live our lives of absolute faith in your leadership and power. In Jesus name. Amen.
May God’s mercy, peace and love be with you.