And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.
The centurion knew he didn’t need to drag his sick and suffering servant to where Jesus was. He knew that he didn’t even need Jesus to come to where the servant was. He knew that all he needed to do was ask and Jesus would be able to heal his servant anyway. He knew that one command from Jesus’ lips could overcome distance and find its way to the one who needed his touch but couldn’t get to him. He knew that Jesus’ commands were sure and that whatever He willed would come to pass. He knew within himself that there was no chance for failure if he simply asked Jesus for help.
That is faith—to leave the sick one at home and seek out Jesus on his behalf. That’s faith—to trust that Jesus would know what to do and just how to help without ever seeing the person in need. That is strong faith—to bank everything on Jesus. And that is what we need to do in our lives. That is the kind of faith we should have. It is the kind of faith that puts everything on Jesus and nothing upon ourselves. He’s the one who is able. He is the one who can. He is the one who must if it is going to be done at all.
What kinds of things have we tried dragging to Jesus when we could have left them where they were and just asked Him to answer our need? What kinds of efforts have we put in thinking that we had to have a part in His work when He had to do it all on His own? What kinds of unbelief have we had where we trusted a little bit in ourselves instead of completely in Him? What ways have we limited Him by trying to do our part first?
Let’s go all-in in our faith in Christ. He is almighty and all-powerful and capable of answering our requests to Him. We can trust that He knows what He is doing and is able to work without our interference. And He honors our faith when we simply lay it all on the line. Like the centurion, let us make our requests known unto God, having the kind of faith that knows He will answer without us having to do anything but ask.