Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed and in terrible suffering.”
Jesus said to him, “I will go 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.”
(Matthew 8:5-9 (NIV))
How many of us, as the Body of Christ, think that we deserve blessings because we call upon the name of Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior. We think that we deserve the blessings because of who we claim as our Savior. Sometimes, we probably even border on being arrogant. Perhaps we should rethink that position.
Take a look at the centurion. He was in a position of authority and power. He was in a position of authority and power in multiple ways. First, he was over soldiers who had to answer to his every command. Secondly, he was over soldiers who were an occupying army in Israel. All of Israel was subject to whatever the Romans decided. He could have asserted this authority. He could have been arrogant and demanded that Jesus come to his house and heal his servant. He could have looked upon the situation from a worldly point of view. Instead, this centurion realized that he, in all of his worldly authority, was not worthy to be in the presence of Jesus. He also realized that it was against Jewish custom to enter the house of a Gentile. He honored the customs and respected the power and authority. He simply came as a humble man standing before Jesus. He came with a desire for something that was not directly for him.
Today, we have a habit of doing whatever we want to do with little or no regard for what Jesus wants us to do, then we approach Jesus as if He were a genie whose sole purpose is to grant our every wish. Even though we call upon the name of Jesus to be our Savior, do we call upon Him to be our Lord? We do not show Jesus the same respect that this centurion showed.
How do you treat Jesus?