In many ways, we reduce Christianity to a religion of boredom. Instead, Jesus invites us to a life of excitement through connecting with him in prayer and sharing the good news with others.
When a Pharisee invited Jesus over dinner, he showed a very prideful attitude in the way he looked down on a "sinful" woman who came to serve Jesus. Jesus' message to him was that those who perceive little need for grace and forgiveness end up loving those around them little. Those who know their need demonstrate gratefulness and humility.
We need to recognize our need for the forgiveness that Jesus offers and humbly serve others.
Jesus interrupted the funeral procession of a widow's only son because he had compassion for the woman. He raised the boy back to life and gave him back to her mother. Out of grief, despair, and death, Jesus brought help and hope. Jesus is help and hope for those in need.
A centurion had a servant that was near death. On his behalf, Jewish religious leaders approached Jesus to ask for his help. But the basis of their request was wrong--they told Jesus this centurion "deserved" for Jesus to help him; he was "worthy" of it because he had done enough to earn this help from Jesus.
The centurion had a different idea. As Jesus approached the centurion, he sent an envoy to Jesus with this message: "I am not worthy." The centurion related that he understood how authority worked and that it was enough for Jesus to simply say the word and his servant would be healed.
He had faith in Jesus and in the authority of Jesus. He did not have faith in himself.
What is your faith in? Your own deservedness? Or in Jesus?
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