Jesus Christ: A Lifestyle to Work Toward: Devotion

Matthew 8:5-13 (Selected) “A centurion came to Him (Jesus) 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 shows such humility and faith by telling Jesus that he is not worthy to have Jesus in his home. His faith tells him that Jesus can heal his servant just by saying the word. “When Jesus heard this, He was astonished and said to those following Him, ‘I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.’ Then Jesus said to the centurion, ‘Go! It will be done just as you believed it would.’ And his servant was healed at that very hour.”  Now Jesus is moving from the large crowds to individual ministry. We can’t all be Pastors, speaking from a church’s pulpit. Often Jesus is found in the everyday trenches, ministering to the hurting and needy. Here Jesus did not even go to the person, much less touch or even see him. Jesus said the word and he was healed. A centurion was a Roman soldier in charge of 100 soldiers. The Romans were very much despised by the local population. Jews did not normally go into Gentile homes. Jesus is crossing barriers. What does the centurion say;  “I do not deserve having You in my home.” Such humility! Later in crucifixion, Jesus would be flogged by centurions and He knew this was to come; but He offered to help anyway. How would you have reacted when an enemy asked for help? How important do you feel humility is in the actions of a Christian? We must all reflect on our individual lives and continue to pray that Jesus’ life will be our lifestyle.
Bill Davis