Monday: 16th September, 2019
Reference text: Luke 7:1-10
Luke 7:2, 3 And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die. And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant.
In many passages of scripture, a clear hero stands out. In the text of today, the standout personality is the centurion. He was a man of such repute that the Pharisees, in spite of their many disapprovals of the methods of Jesus, approached Him to make a plea on his behalf. Even Jesus was filled with admiration for the level of faith He noticed with this man describing it as ‘great faith’.
However, I see a different hero in this passage, the real initiator of all turn of events: “THE CENTURION’S SICK SERVANT”. I didn’t have to imagine what kind of servant he was because the little information provided presents him as a really good one. He was a servant whose master was so fond of him that he was not willing to let go of him even when he was on the brink of death.
One thing we will attest to is that when a master is fond of a servant, their favour rests on them. So for a master to go this far for a servant, I wonder what extent a father would go for their own child? God after reconciling us to himself, no longer called us servants, but sons and daughters. For us, he is willing and able to do much more and even wants us to ask for much.
Beloved, we need to become children whose father delights in us, children on whom our father’s favour rests. That is the kind of children we ought to aim to become.