Luke 7:7-9: …but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed. For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
“I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel”. Those were the words of Jesus concerning the centurion who wanted his servant healed. What was so significant about the centurion’s expression of faith? And is there anything that we can learn from it? What happened was that the centurion, who was a Gentile, sent elders of the Jews to beseech Jesus to come and heal his servant who was sick. While Jesus was on his way to his house to fulfill the request, the centurion sent word again to Jesus telling him that he was not worthy for Him to come under his roof, so He should just speak the word and his servant would be healed. The primary reason that he gave for his assertion was that he himself knew what it is to have authority and with that when he speaks to his subjects they instantly respond to the command that he gives. In essence he was saying that he understood the authority that Jesus had.
There are 2 ways in which the centurion expressed his faith that caused Jesus to describe it as great faith. First, he believed that Jesus could heal from afar. It was his belief that Jesus did not need to be present at the location where those who were sick for them to be healed. That was a radical view and was the premise on which he said “only speak the word and his servant would be healed”. It was radical because almost all of the miracles performed by Jesus prior to that were done with Him being present. The centurion, who was a Gentile (unbeliever), was willing to believe something that he had never seen done before; that was great faith. The second way in which the centurion displayed great faith is in recognizing that Jesus had limitless authority. By making reference to his authority, the centurion was saying if he, with his limited authority could give commands to his subjects and they were instantly followed, how much greater can Jesus accomplish given that He has all power and authority. He had the revelation that there was no limit to Jesus’ power and authority. That too was great faith.
You too can walk in great faith, but it begins with getting a revelation that there is no limit to what God can do. With that revelation, you will remove all limits that keep you back from receiving your miracle.
Life Application: Ask God to help you to possess great faith and remove any limits you may have placed on His power regardless of the circumstance.
Prayer: Lord, May I like the centurion, see you as having all power and authority and believe that you are able to do the impossible. In Jesus name, amen.