Reckless Faith

In both the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, we read the well-known story of the centurion’s servant being healed by Jesus. It is a memorable tale particularly because of the statement Christ made concerning the faith of this Roman leader: “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel” (Matthew 8 v 10). This, is a compliment indeed! What impressed Jesus so about his faith? It was, in short, of a reckless sort. So certain was the centurion of Christ’s authority and power, that he forbade him come even to his home. By doing so, the centurion risked complete failure. What if he was wrong, what if Jesus needed to touch in order to heal? His servant would perish. This was a risk indeed, a risk not many would have taken. However, this centurion was confident, wildly confident. He risked all and won all – not only a healed servant but a place in Scripture as the man whose faith exceeded even that of the apostles. Today, dear friend, I encourage you to believe. God is supremely powerful, awesomely able and desperately devoted to your wellbeing. You can believe in Him as recklessly as that centurion did, the miraculous being the end result of such tenacity.

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