March 28

JUST SPEAK THE WORD
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses,
but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin.
Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness,
so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
—Hebrews 4:15-16

Leadership and public service offer a unique perspective to life and even to God.

We see in Matthew chapter 8, when Jesus was entering Capernaum, a centurion, a Roman officer in command of 60 to 80 soldiers, walked up to him and said, “Lord, my servant is at my home paralyzed and suffering.” Jesus tells him that he will go to his house and heal the man. Next, comes an amazing response—both from the centurion and from Jesus.

The centurion responds, “Lord, I’m not worthy for you to come into my house. Just speak the word right here and my servant will be healed. For I am a man of authority, with soldiers under me. If I say ‘go,’ or ‘come,’ or ‘do this,’ it is done.”

Jesus was amazed. This guy got it! Jesus said, “In no one in Israel have I found such faith. Go, let it be done for you according to your faith.” And the man’s servant was healed, with the centurion standing right there in the street with Jesus.

The centurion’s experience told him what Jesus could do, if He chose. But a truly amazing aspect of this story is that a Roman centurion believed Jesus was who He said He was. This caused him to feel unworthy to be in Jesus’ presence, but his care for his servant gave him the boldness to ask anyway.

Today, know that there is a difference in being arrogant and confident. God knows your heart and wants you to come to Him in confidence and faith. Like the centurion, you already understand authority and chain of command. Now, show Him your faith!

LORD JESUS, it is amazing to me that I am speaking to the same Healer who healed the centurion’s servant. This story encourages me to be confident before You and show You my faith that You are who You say You are.