Good evening. Great is His faithfulness.
Jesus Heals a Centurion’s Servant
7 Now when He concluded all His sayings in the hearing of the people, He entered Capernaum. 2 And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear to him, was sick and ready to die. 3 So when he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to Him, pleading with Him to come and heal his servant. 4 And when they came to Jesus, they begged Him earnestly, saying that the one for whom He should do this was deserving, 5 “for he loves our nation, and has built us a synagogue.”
6 Then Jesus went with them. And when He was already not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to Him, saying to Him, “Lord, do not trouble Yourself, for I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof. 7 Therefore I did not even think myself worthy to come to You. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. 8 For I also am a man placed under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
9 When Jesus heard these things, He marveled at him, and turned around and said to the crowd that followed Him, “I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!” 10 And those who were sent, returning to the house, found the servant well [a]who had been sick.
THE ROMAN CENTURION, was also a Roman Gentile, his devotion is unusual to the Jews. This Roman Centurion has notable characteristics: COMPASSION, (v. 2): and he has LOVE for God and His people- (v. 5); HUMILITY - (v. 6); and lastly he had GREAT FAITH - (vv.7-9).
Prayer Focus from the devotional
Ask God to expose any self righteous attitudes or sense of entitlement. Thank God for not giving you what you deserve and for the confidence to approach Him for grace.
Moving Forward Questions from the devotional
Do you ever find yourself building a case for why Jesus should help you? No, I find it easier to have no expectations when following Jesus. Expectations sometimes gives us a sense of stability but in reality they make us more stressed. What happens when expectations aren't met, we can tend to just give up because our expectations weren't met.
Is it hard to accept that our spiritual resume is useless compared to God's grace? Why or why not?
See my video for this answer.
We are called to approach God's throne of grace with confidence, not arrogance. Describe the difference.
"Confidence is being put together in all aspects of our lives, arrogance is the opposite of being out together it's the aspect of chaos. Arrogance lacks the ability to listen and uses its position to bully rather than finding compromise."
“The Lord bless you and keep you;
25 The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
26 The Lord [a]lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.” ’
In Christ love Jared W Campbell