This selection really speaks to my heart. It serves as an example of how we should be willing to serve others. Too many people seek to have authority over others, this is why Jesus told them that he came the minister to the people. Ministering in the Bible was more than just sharing the Gospel it was taking care of the people. This is a concept that gets overlooked by many modern churches.
We must be willing to serve if we want to lead others. Wouldn’t it be horrible to get to heaven and find out we weren’t staying because we were more worried about authority than serving? This is a concept that I constantly work on in my daily life. I would rather plant a seed in someone’s life and allow the Holy Spirit help it grow than try and force someone to see things the way I believe. Please remember me in your prayers.
If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
Another beautiful verse that I have had on my mind today. Without God, are we ever really free? He is the one who grants us all the blessings that we have in life. Remember that….
While taking a break at work tonight a Scripture came upon me about knowing God. The entire chapter of Psalm 46 shares the importance of know that God is God. That His power and control over the entirety of the world cannot be matched. I believe this came to me because there are times in my life that I try to solve my problems without seeking deliverance from God.
I believe that each of us need to take the time to be still and know that God is God. Just like when he told Moses, “I am that I am.” He told Moses to tell the people that I am sent him to deliver His message. GOD could have commanded Moses to go into detail, instead He knew a few words were all that was needed to get the point across. Sometimes, we needed to us little to no words to make thing go better.
Finally, getting things back on track with being able to post more often. Procrastination was about to get the best of me. This is something that many of us struggle with at some point in life. I thought and prayed how to break the slump I had gotten into about writing in general. I believe that God showed me to just write and the words will be there when I need them. I found I was letting too many excuses to be my justifiable reasons for neglecting my writings. The key word here is excuses, in reality I believe an excuse is our reasoning for being lazy.
My wife, God bless her, has been supportive to a certain extent, but now she is pushing me to get back to writing. So with the grace of God I will push through and get my words down on paper.
Now when he had ended all his sayings in the audience of the people, he entered into Capernaum. 2 And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die. 3 And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant. 4 And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this: 5 For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue. 6 Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof: 7 Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed. 8 For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. 9 When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. 10 And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick.
Jesus appears to be impressed in the faith of the centurion which I think makes a few interesting points.
- The centurion expressed his belief in the authority of Jesus by comment. When he expressed that the he was able to order people to do things and then they did them. He was showing that he believed that Jesus had the authority to order the illness to leave his servant. This faith and recognition coming from a Roman leader was not the normal practice of the people at the time.
- Jesus expresses the fact that he has not found such faith in all of Israel. The people that God has chosen to be His people didn’t have the level of faith that a Roman leader had.
- Many of the Jewish people believed that had to see and/or touch Jesus before he could heal them. A centurion had faith that all Jesus had to do was will the healing. In fact, the centurion felt that he was unworthy of Jesus coming to his home, but he knew that Jesus’ presence was not a requirement of the healing.
The lesson that I take away from this story is that faith is key to increasing our personal relationship with God. We must believe in God’s will, grace, mercy, and love that He has for His creation.
It’s been a few days since I have posted anything. Life can get hectic at times. My boss decided that 2 people could the same amount of work as 3. Now we have more work to do each night and no chance of getting a sub in to help. But, it is times like these that we must rely on Faith to get us through things that come up in life.
Hebrew 11 gives some wonderful examples of faith and the rewards that come from faith. We need to just look to God and keep on stepping. I believe this is the best solution for any problems that we may face.
24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? 25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. 26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
There are times in my life when I question why things have happened and what is the lesson to be learned from them happening. When it comes to these times, I think of this selection and it helps me remember that I don’t have to know the reason. Instead, I need to have the faith that God is doing this for my benefit. I may not see the big picture, but I should have faith that God already knows what are the effects of this happening to me. I believe this where the whole Scripture about walking by faith and not by sight applies to our lives.
As I am sitting here typing this post, my 1-year-old granddaughter has pushed the power button on my laptop twice. She has crawled underneath my end table and gotten stuck and has caused me to have to deal with her several other times. This is a good example of what I am talking about because as aggravating as this is, I am still blessed with grandchildren to cause me aggravation. The joy they bring far outweighs the bad.
So my advice is this: appreciate what we have, keep your eye on the prize, and remember God knows more than we can understand.