5 When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help.6 "Lord," he said, "my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly."
7 Jesus said to him, "Shall I come and heal him?"
8 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.9 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."
10 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.11 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.12 But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
13 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.
No matter what shoes you wear you are a child of God. The shoes you wear may say something about what you do, but it’s what is in your heart that matters the most. The trust and faith you have in Jesus -- who is always faithful, all the way to the end – that’s what matters.
The Roman centurion understood authority, he knew Jesus had authority over everything and his faith was rewarded when he called on Jesus to heal his servant; who was also a servant of Jesus! His healing spoke loudly and clearly showed Jesus had all the authority in heaven and on earth.
These stories in the Bible remind us of what is truly important, and who we are called to be. We are to love the Lord our God with all our heart and all our soul and all our mind. And then we are to love our neighbor as our self.
- Are you submitting to Jesus’ authority? Are you following the commands? Do you have the trust and faith that if you trust and obey you will find joy?
- Re-read the whole story of the Roman centurion today and consider how to apply what you have learned this week about your own walk with Jesus.