“But the centurion replied, ‘Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed’… When Jesus heard this, he marveled and said to those who followed him, ‘Truly, I tell you, with no one in Israel have I found such faith.’” Mt. 8:8,10 (ESV)
There are 3 components to true Biblical faith…knowledge, trust and action. In today’s verses, Jesus makes an astounding statement that illuminates His definition of faith.
Jesus tells those who are with Him that this centurion…a gentile…has faith greater than anyone He has encountered in all of Israel. The greatest faith Jesus encounters is not in a religious leader…not in a devout Pharisee or scribe. The person Jesus finds with the greatest faith is a gentile…and not just a gentile…but an official representative of the nation that is currently oppressing Israel.
What was there about the faith of this centurion that so impressed Jesus?
It was his trust.
The centurion trusted that all Jesus had to do was speak one word from a distance, and his servant would be healed. There is a vast difference between faith as intellectual belief and faith as trusting as I’ve previously written.
Through our rigorous training as health care professionals, intellectual knowledge is emphasized so we are ingrained toward intellectual belief. We must be careful that we don’t approach the Gospel as a truth that only requires intellectual assent.
Rather, we must learn to trust in the Lord…not simply believe in Him.
Prayer: Lord, help me to place my full trust in You to live according to Your will.