Saturday: 30th June, 2018
Reference text: Matthew 8:5-17
Matthew 8:8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.
One quality leaders are often praised for is the ability to delegate or assign responsibilities to be carried out by others on their behalf. However, regardless of this, leaders ought neither to get carried away nor shy away from also getting hands-on at certain times and to do some things themselves.
In the Gospel we hear about a Centurion, who upon seeing his servant paralysed and in great pain, went to Jesus to make a request for his healing. A man of this calibre, in the command of a 100 soldiers, could very easily have asked one of them to undertake this assignment on his behalf; but, he stepped forward himself. One could infer from his actions what that ‘servant’ meant to him – enough to make him walk up to Jesus and make a personal request.
Beloved, there may have been moments when you have counted yourself as the least important, or most insignificant, even thinking as being the one person deemed expendable. A paraphrased version of Paul’s description of himself in Ephesians 3:8 hits home here ‘me, who am less than the least of all saints,’ seemingly having nothing to offer, the grace to preach among the gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; was given to me’
You may think yourself ‘a servant’ and of low status, but you remain a precious piece to the Lord. Even though all things are subject to Jesus, you are an indispensable piece which He isn’t ready to trade for another. In fact, He goes all out to get you back to your feet when you are down so don’t think you are a ‘servant’, because you are already translated beyond that point
Remember # Jesus no longer calls us servants, He calls us friends.