Do You Have The Humility of The Centurion?

Yesterday on Facebook I posted a picture which depicted Jesus speaking to the centurion whose servant he healed without ever stepping foot in the  humble centurion’s house.  (Luke 7:1-10)

“Now when he had ended all his sayings in the audience of the people, he entered into Capernaum.  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.  And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this:  For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue.  Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof:  Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: 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; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.  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.  And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick.”

I just awoke in the middle of the night, troubled by a personal problem, and was so inspired by seeing this picture again and then reading the account in Luke, that this inspiration brought much needed relief. I felt that it is my duty to share the following, in hopes that someone else may be lifted up by the same inspiration of Christ.

I was also led to read about what Paul had to say about the necessary transformation of our nature which renders us susceptible to feeling the ever present Christ power.  Paul described in Ephesians so well just what we, like the centurion, must do in order to realize that we also are continuously subject to the power of Christ. We must completely humble our sense of personal self. We must realize its invalidity, and replace it with a joyous sense of Christ governing every factor of our experience. We must see that every human situation or condition that is an integral part of our life already IS ruled by the Christ power. Without this willingness to express humility on the part of the centurion, Jesus would never even have become aware of the centurion’s servant’s sickness. But it was the centurion’s humility which directed Jesus to direct his attention to the suffering servant, after which he was found well without the need for Jesus ever to even lay eyes on the servant. We also through our own personal humility can render ourselves and our loved ones susceptible to that same Christ power which heals with nary a touch.Paul covered the whole ground thoroughly when he said (Eph 4:17-32) :

“This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life if God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over to lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Wherefore putting away lying, speak to every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. Let no corrupt communications proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, end evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice. And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you”

Paul left no stone unturned!


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