Bible Reading Blog — May 1, 2016

1 May

TODAY’S READINGS — Job 1-3 & Luke 7:1-10

In Luke 7:1-10, there is a huge focus on the word “worthy.” The centurion’s servant is sick and near dying so the centurion sends some friends to Jesus to urge him to heal the servant. The friends make a big deal of what a great guy the centurion is, how worthy he is to receive Jesus’ work. But the centurion himself says, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. But say the word and my servant will be healed.” Jesus commends the centurion for his faith. I believe the centurion’s faith is seen both in his recognition of his own unworthiness and of Jesus’ power. He was truly “poor in spirit.” Though he was an important man in the eyes of men, he knew he was not worthy in the eyes of God. Acknowledging his own unworthiness, he also affirmed the worthiness of Jesus to heal his servant just by saying the word. He, a man familiar with authority, knew true authority when he saw it. He placed all His trust in Jesus as the only one who could heal his servant. With empty hands of faith, the centurion in effect said, “I am unworthy, but you are worthy, and that is all I need.” One of the signs we have entered into a real life of faith is when we stop trying to commend ourselves to God. When we stop leaning on our track record and look to all that Jesus has done a doorway to dependence is set up which can never be broken.

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