377 Humility Pays Off

“Sir, I am unfit to have You come into my home. Rather, if You will only give the command, my orderly will recover” (Matthew 8:8, CJB).

Jesus commended this man for his faith (v10), but I always remember this centurion who came to Him requesting healing for his servant for his humility. I can’t recall a time when the Scriptures tell us that Jesus ever entered the home of a non-Jew, and if the laws of orthodox Jewry today bear any resemblance to that which Jesus knew and honoured, He was probably forbidden to do so. It was indeed a humiliation for this Roman officer to recognise the inferiority with which he was viewed by the captive Jews and yet to submit to their rules.

Humility and faith are interconnected. Pride is the basis of all sin and it must be broken before faith can actively work out My purposes for you or anyone else. If “I” is at the centre of a person’s life, this limits what I can do for him. I will never violate the free will which was My greatest gift to man. But both humility and faith grow in the lives of My children as they walk with Me.

I’m so grateful, dear Father, that the bonds of legalism were broken when the veil of the temple was torn apart (Mark 15:38); that all from the east and the west are now welcome in Your kingdom (Matthew 8:11); that I have been welcomed in.

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