Recognized Authority

“The centurion answered, ‘Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but if You speak the word, my servant will be healed . . . And Jesus said, ‘Go; let it be done for you according to your faith’” (Matthew 8:8, 13)

In a time of severe social and political unrest, it took a lot of guts for the centurion – a leader in the Roman army – to come and ask a favor of Jesus. He put himself at great risk, essentially risking his life, to help out one of his servants.

Not one of his soldiers, one of his servants. This indicates the level of care and concern the centurion had for his people (because, at that time in Rome, servants were considered disposable).

But instead of discarding his servant, the centurion went to the only hope he had left: Jesus. When Jesus heard of the ill servant, He made to go heal him. Only to be faced by an interesting dilemma. The faith of the stranger.

“Hold on,” the centurion said. “I am unworthy to host You in my house. But I recognize that You have great authority. I, too, have authority, so I know what it’s like. I tell a soldier, ‘Go,’ and he goes. I tell a servant,’ Come,’ and he comes. Look. If you will just say the word, I know my servant will be healed.”

Jesus then declared this officer’s faith to be the strongest in all of Israel!

Jesus is telling us today, “This is how you should believe!”

Then He turned back to the centurion and told him, “Go; let it be according to your faith.”

Think about your prayer life. Do you really believe God can do what you’re asking for?

Or maybe you think He can do something, but He just won’t.

Friend: Believe! What you ask for will only be granted to you “according to your faith.”

First comes believing, then comes receiving.