Gina Caswell Kelly
In the book of Matthew, there is the story of a Roman Centurion who comes to Jesus on behalf of his slave who was ill. There are a couple of interesting things here. This Roman Centurion had a position of high honor. He had a battalion of around 100 men under his command. He obviously was in a position to have slaves. The other thing is that he is a Roman. A Gentile. Jesus was merely a Jewish carpenter from all outward appearances. In those days, a Jew would never go in to the home of a Gentile and, Gentile would not normally approach a Jew. We can learn much about the heart of this man by examining these details.
The fact that this man. This man of importance, was concerned enough for his slave that he would go find the “miracle man” everyone was talking about tells much about his heart. He had a compassionate heart for those who worked for him. He clearly did not count this one as “property” as so many did. His heart was with this slave. So, he does the unthinkable. He approaches Jesus. After he tells Jesus what his needs are, Jesus says He will go home with the Centurion. But here is where it gets really good! The Centurion told Jesus, “It is not necessary for you to come back to my house. I know that if you just say the word from here, my servant will be healed.” Considering that this was early in Jesus’ earthly ministry, that shows a tremendous amount of faith by the Gentile in this Jewish carpenter from Nazareth.
Jesus answers him with an interesting response. “Go! It will be done for you just as you have believed.” Read that again. It will be done for you just as you have believed. Think about it. What if God said that to you? What if all those things that are wrong in you life are simply God saying, “I am doing exactly what you have believed I could do.”
What if all we had was simply what we believed God could provide? What would you have? What have you believed God for today? Have you asked Him to help you with your financial troubles, yet continued to hold on to them and worry and quite obviously not believe He would take care of you? Understand that I am not preaching a gospel of prosperity here. That is not what the Bible teaches. I am just saying that so many times, even as Christians, our faith does not at all match up with our prayers. We pray and pray, but yet we worry and worry. What if we prayed, trusted God for the answer and quit worrying? What if God has been honoring your faith all along and is just waiting for you to recognize this and grow your faith?
“It will be done for you as you have believed.” Believe, really believe as you pray. It will make a difference.