Centurion Faith – Matthew 8:5-13


When he had entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to Him, appealing to Him, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, suffering terribly.”

And he said to Him, “I will come and heal Him.” But the centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I too am a man under authority, with 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.”

When Jesus heard this, He marveled and said to those who followed Him, “Truly, I tell you, with no one in Israel have I found such faith. I tell you, many will come from east and west and recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

And to the centurion Jesus said, “Go; let it be done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed at that very moment.

Matthew 8:5-13

My Pondering

Isn’t this an amazing story? These stories truly make the Bible interesting. There is so much we can glean from this passage.

4 Key Principles the Centurion Practices

1) Love

He cares about others which is loving. The centurion is concerned about his servant, his team member. I get the feel he is true leader in every sense of the word. He has compasion and doesn’t appear pompous whatsoever.

2) Initiative

He takes initiative. He sought out Jesus. The passage says, “a centurion came forward to him, appealing to him”.

3) Meekness

Don’t confuse meekness with weakness. It is humility under authority. He realizes the Lord’s power and position even under the cloak of humanity when he said, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. but only say the word, and my servant will be healed.” He learned from the chain of command authority and its power. He knew whom he was talking too!

4) Faithfulness

He is full of faith. He didn’t just talk about it. He embodied faith. It so wonderful that Jesus marvelled at his faith and understanding.

God may not respond the same way to our request. We may not have centurion authority but we can. We likely will not be face to face with Jesus on this side of Heaven. Yet, Christ left and the Spirit came so we all would have more access to God, as Jesus Himself said such.

Regardless of every outcome, we will indeed all be made a new and receive glorious resurrection bodies and shall recline at Christ’s table with the patriarchs…if we believe in Him with faith as tiny as a mustard seed.

My prayer:

Lord, separate from You, I can do little earthly works and nothing eternal. Help me learn and do like this Centurion. Help me muster up a seed of faithfulness to overcome all that is in my way.

Faith keeps the person… Mother Teresa Quote

Faith keeps the person who keeps the faith. – Mother Theresa

My Pondering

I like the simplicity and theology stuffed into this pithy quote. It’s two sides of the faith coin.

God makes everything possible including faith, yet we must make it our own. We can believe whatever we want but we can only receive what He permits. God wants the best for us and that why He created the Bible.

Do you believe the Bible is God’s complete Word?

I do for many logical reasons but ultimately it takes a measure of faith.

Now Faith is… Hebrews 11:1

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see

Hebrews 11:1

My ponderings:

Faith is the active ingredient in all true success and certainly that of salvation. The passage prompts me to ponder the doubting disciple; Thomas. In particular when Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” in John 20:29.

Doubt is the opposite if faith.

Check this passage out: Mat 21:18 — Mat 21:22
In the morning, as he was returning to the city, he became hungry. And seeing a fig tree by the wayside, he went to it and found nothing on it but only leaves. And he said to it, “May no fruit ever come from you again!” And the fig tree withered at once.
When the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, “How did the fig tree wither at once?” And Jesus answered them, “Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen. And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”

Wow!

I like what Matthew Henry cimments on here: “This persuasion (of faith) gives the soul to enjoy those things now; it gives them a subsistence or reality in the soul, by the first-fruits and foretastes of them. Faith proves to the mind, the reality of things that cannot be seen by the bodily eye. It is a full approval of all God has revealed, as holy, just, and good. This view of faith is explained by many examples of persons in former times, who obtained a good report, or an honourable character in the word of God. Faith was the principle of their holy obedience, remarkable services, and patient sufferings.”

Leap of Faith

One of the best non-scriptural accounts of faith is in-acted so well by Indiana Jones as he steps out and takes a leap of faith.

You must believe, boy!

Indiana Jone’s Father

My prayer:

Lord, help me to increase my faith and move the mountains in my life. You are the real ‘mover and shaker’.

Pole of Faith

When reaching for your destiny, you need something like a pole-vaulter’s pole—something that will propel you higher than you could go on your own.

That pole is faith. It is faith in God’s Word, faith in His character, and faith that He will do what He has said He will do. Use the pole of faith to get where you need to go. When you do, you will learn how to soar.

Tony Evans, Called for a Purpose

Faith gives us additional power to rise higher than our own natural abilities, as shown in this analogy between a high jumper and pole vaulter.

Faith gives us spring to help propel us. It empowers hope and strengthens our goals. It not only helps us reach our destiny, it is essential.

Centurion Faith Power – Matthew 8:13


And to the centurion Jesus said, “Go; let it be done for you as you have believed.”

And the servant was healed at that very moment.

Matthew 8:13

My Pondering:

God is omncient and omnipotent. There is no denying that. Yet, He often chooses to work with like minded people to accomplis His sovereign and permissive will.

We so often read in many of the interactions with Jesus and in Scripture in general that God often partners with people of faith. Jesus commended the Centurion for his faith.

His response to the Centurions plea was, “Go; let it be done for you as you have believed.”

Jesus coupled doing this miracle with the Centurion’s faith, his belief in God.

Within God’s permissive will, it is multiplication.

God power is infinite but He seems to wield it as we can handle it.
Kind of like a step down power transformer.

For simplicity, consider this formula as an example;

God’s Power Applied (GPA) × My Faith Factor (MFF) = Power Watts (PW)

1,000 GPA x 0 (no faith) = 0 PW
1,000 GPA x 1 (little faith) = 1,000 PW
1,000 GPA x 100 (max centurion faith) = 100,000 PW

So the closer we get to God’s will with the greatest amount of faith will result in the best outcome and maximising our combined effectiveness. Obviously, in many respects it isnt just that simple but on the other hand it is that simple, as we see in Scripture.

Its one thing to read, another to comprehend, and lastly to do; to apply.

I know have a long ways to go but yet a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

Won’t you join me? And may I join you in this great adventure called life?

My prayer:

Lord of life, aid me in my work and being. I know in my heart of hearts you are real and love me.

Faith and work, works and faith.

Jesus’s imputation of righteousness upon us believers is paramount, for sure!

Yet, I also read of performance based rewards (not regarding salvation because no one should boast of it).

Such as the Parable of the Talents.

And James also speaks of Faith and Works.

God gave Adam work to do before the great fall.

We also are told we reap what we sow.
Solomon built great things and God blessed him greatly (the blessing no doubt was foremost).

With that said, are we Christians not wise to first ‘receive’ then ‘do’ our best, next ‘rest’, and then ‘repeat’ until we are called home?

After all, God created for 6 days then He rested. Six days of work, 1 day of rest for a weeks cycle with holidays mixed in.

A cycle of giving our ‘best then rest’ seems right. Faith and Works. One without the other seems incomplete to me.

“You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected;” James 2:22

“and continually recalling before our God and Father your work of faith, your labor of love, and your enduring hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1st Thes 1:3

Work of faith
Labor of love
Enduring hope

I think think its more of a WHY and what’s our motivation. Is what we do about the old man, the selfish one or living in the new man who is partnered with the Spirit for His glory. We are blessed best when our first fruits are go to God.

That is Holistic living: Holy / Whole

By Faith – Romans 1:17

“The just shall live by faith.”

Romans 1:17

This verse triggered Martin Luther to leave a works based doctrine to one where faith reigns supreme. Nonetheless, faiths outputs are good works, good fruit.

Faith is only as good as to what’s behind it.

What, or whom, is behind yours?

Ponder this:

If aren’t exercising your God given faith, it’s a warning sign.
Read and re-read this powerful verse, if you will.

Catch that: LIVE BY. In a society where we have learned a lot about the world ESSENTIAL we discover and confirm the word FAITH is ultra essential to being JUST (aka justified, deemeed righteous or imputed with Christ-likeness).

This little passage is mighty! There is power in it IF
WE LIVE BY IT,
BY FAITH,
BY GOD.

PS… Self, other people, good works, noble intentions, human heroes are all insufficient as the Bible reports (and yes, it is inspired Word of God… I know that a trippy thought but it is… and faith is its active ingredient as yeast is to bread).