July 15 (Matthew 8:10)
When Jesus heard this, he marveled and
said to those who followed him, ” (ESV)
One day a Roman army officer, a centurion, came to Jesus to ask Him to heal his servant. Jesus said He would go to the centurion’s house, but the officer 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.”
We often focus on the humble, straightforward faith of the soldier, but look at Jesus’s reaction. He smiles and laughs, “I like this guy!” Jesus deals directly and likes it when others do the same. He is face to face, eye-level with people. He is immediate, meaning there is nothing in the middle, nothing to get in the way between us and Him, which is only right since He is our mediator, the one who connects us with God the Father.
How often do we play it subtle? How often do we go for the backdoor, roundabout, non-direct way of doing something? We weigh options, consider consequences, balance plusses and minuses. Now, be honest. Doesn’t that get wearisome? Seriously, how many of our interactions with others and even with God Himself could be described as plotting and scheming? Jesus is immediate, and He wants us to be the same.
There is no point in sugarcoating this, Lord, because You know it all anyway. I spend way too much time figuring the angles. Help me to approach life and the people in it…help me approach You…in a straightforward way. I want to be more like that centurion. I want to be more like You. Amen.
Copyright © 2018 by Steven R. Perkins