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“’Go! It will be done just as you believed it would.’ And his servant was healed at that very hour.”
What are we believing for?
What are we believing for in 2014?
What are we believing for in our school?
What are we believing for in our workplace?
What are we believing for in our marriage?
What are we believing for in the lives of our children?
What are we believing for in our church?
This man approached Jesus because his servant was lying at his house paralyzed and in terrible suffering. Jesus then offers to go to this man’s house and heal his servant. Then something amazing was said and something even more amazing happened. The servant basically says, “No Jesus, that’s alright. I don’t deserve to have you come to my house. Just say the word from where you’re currently standing. I know that you have the power and the ability to heal my servant right now. I am a man who is both under authority and I possess authority over others. Just like I can give orders to my subordinates and they will do what I command, I know that all you have to do is speak forth what you want to have done and it will be accomplished.”
Then something amazing happened. Something that does not happen very often at all in Scripture. The Son of God, Jesus, was ASTONISHED!
Cool, calm, collected, Jesus.
The One who has authority and control over the entire universe. The One who has not only seen the most breathtaking scenery in all of creation but the One whom through it was created. This man, this God, this Jesus, was astonished. And what was it that was so astonishing?
This centurion, a Gentile, an outsider to the Jewish nation and people, astonished the Messiah of the Jewish nation and people because of his faith in what Jesus could do. This man did not grow up going to the synagogue or learning the Scriptures. From what we can tell, never did he read about all the miracles and wonders done throughout the Old Testament and yet his faith and his trust in the power and ability of Jesus was greater and more astonishing than even one of God’s own chosen Jewish people.
This is what astonished Jesus.
Now I will tell you what astonishes me. After hearing what this man had to say, Jesus in turn replies to him, “Go! It will be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that very hour.
“It will be done just as you believed it would.” This is so powerful. What are we believing for? What are we expecting? What do we think God can and wants to do in our lives?
Many people come sheepishly to God with their tail between their legs willing to simply receive whatever God has for them; hoping to simply receive something, just anything in order to get by. I’m not so sure this is how God wants us to view ourselves or how He wants us to approach Him as our Heavenly Father.
God created the whole universe which includes the whole earth and every single person living on it. He owns everything. Every resource, tangible and intangible, was created and made available to humanity by Almighty God Himself.
As Christians, the Bible says in Romans 11 that we have been grafted in to the olive tree of Israel. What this means is that all of the love, affection, protection, blessing, and resources that were once mainly reserved for God’s chosen people – the Israelites, has now been extended to anyone who calls upon God’s name and trusts in Him for salvation. Once we accept and follow Christ as our Lord and Savior, we become adopted sons and daughters of the One True King; the God of the whole universe.
No longer do we have to walk around confused, helpless, and defeated. With God as our Father, we now have direction, purpose, identity, a future filled with hope, and all of the resources necessary to fulfill our destiny and become everything God has created us to be.
Going back to the book of Matthew, I’d like to look at another story where an outsider approaches Jesus and wants Him to do something for her. Let’s see what happens.
She is a Greek woman; born in the region of Syrian Phoenicia. Her daughter is possessed by a demon and she is desperate to have her daughter healed and restored to a healthy state of mind and body. So she comes to Jesus, crying out to Him for Him to help her daughter. Then Jesus does something really interesting. He just flat out ignores her.
Now what would most people do at this point? Probably they would get discouraged and say, “Oh well, I guess my daughter will always be like this”, and then they would simply walk away with a sense of disappoint and defeat.
Not this woman.
She decides to come even closer to Jesus, kneel before Him, and then cry out to Him again, “Lord, help me!”
Now if ignoring the woman the first time wasn’t bad enough, this time Jesus calls both her and her daughter dogs.
And you know what? This woman still didn’t walk away. What does this teach us? Maybe God is simply waiting to see how much we believe in something and how badly we truly want it.
The exchange that took place between Jesus and this woman basically boils down to Jesus telling her that He has only come for the lost sheep of Israel and it wouldn’t be right for Him to give to her (an outsider) what rightfully belongs to the children of Israel. Jesus uses the metaphor that by healing this woman’s daughter, it would be like giving Israel’s bread to the “dogs” under the table.
What happens and what is said next is just as astonishing as what the centurion said to Jesus a few chapters earlier.
This woman, having tremendous faith in Jesus’ power and ability, says to Jesus that yes it is not right to give the children’s bread to the dogs under the table, but that the dogs do in fact get to eat the crumbs that fall from the children’s table.
Wow! What this woman was saying is, “Jesus, I don’t need the full spread that is laid out across Your banquet table. I do not need the fullness of your ability, I just need a crumb of your power and my daughter will be healed.”
Amazing. Astonishing. This is the kind of faith and boldness that gets Jesus’ attention.
So let me ask you, what are you believing for in 2014? Is it big enough and bold enough to stop Jesus in His tracks?
Oh by the way, the woman who was willing to take just a crumb of Jesus’ power received what she cried out for. Listen to what Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And the Bible goes on to say that the woman’s daughter was healed at that very hour and that the woman went home and found her daughter lying on the bed and the demon gone.
So again, what are you believing for in 2014? Are you willing to cry out for it? Are you willing to follow after Jesus wherever He leads you in order to attain it? My prayer is that sometime soon your faith and your boldness will astonish Jesus and that along the way you will receive what you’ve been believing for and that ultimately you will take one giant step closer to fulfilling your destiny and becoming everything God has created you to be!
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