Devotion – Luke 7

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S – Jesus went with them, and when he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to tell him, “Lord, don’t trouble yourself, since I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. That is why I didn’t even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed., For I too am a man placed under authority, having soldiers under my command. I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” Jesus heard this and was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, “I tell you, I have not found so great a faith even in Israel

Luke 7:6–9 CSB

O – Lot to unpack here but I will hone in on one principle.  Vs. 9 – “Jesus heard this and was amazed.” Here is my simple question – What does it take to amaze (astonish, bewilder, astonish) Jesus?  Jesus is ministering at full capacity and under the clear direction of the Holy Spirit.  This expression of faith blows him away.  A couple of things stick out.  The centurion came from a place of humility.  (not the norm for a Roman leader) He sent others in his place allowing Jesus to be in total control.  He submitted himself to Jesus’ authority.

A – What would our faith look like if we did those three things?  We approached God with humility, released control and trusted God’s will and purpose in the situation.  That would be genuine faith.

R – Lord, help me to do this today.