Cultivate Respect

Matthew 8

When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.” Jesus said to him, Shall I come and heal him?” The 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. 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 and said to those following him, Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. I 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. But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then, Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would”  And his servant was healed at that moment.                         Matthew 8:5-13

The centurion didn’t need to see Jesus perform the miracle of healing his servant. He has such great respect for Christ, that he trusted it would be done just because Jesus said so.

How instructive this is for us today. The more respect we have for God, the more we’ll trust Him to do as He says, even when we don’t see Him at work. The more we honor God as the Lord of creation, the more we’ll have confidence that everything he sends into our lives will work out for good.

If you’re worried about some trial today, then this is the perfect opportunity for you to spend time thinking about who God really is, in all His power, majesty, wisdom, glory, and honor. He is the King of Kings. If He commands it, so shall it be! The more you realize this, the more you’ll have faith like the centurion’s trust that honors God and brings him joy.

Grace and Peace to You My Friends


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