From my Kingdom of Heaven study
Luke 7:9 When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.” ESV
I absolutely love this story. It’s about a highly-respected centurion who sends elders among the Jews to Jesus, in a request to heal the centurion’s sick servant. Then as Jesus is on his way, the centurion decide that Jesus doesn’t even need to trouble himself to make the trip; if Jesus would only speak the word, the centurion would be healed.
Observe the centurion’s words: “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. Therefore I did not presume to come to you. But say the word, and let my servant be healed. For I too am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me: and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” (v. 6-8)
This response so impressed Jesus that he said he had never seen such faith. In fact, he marveled at this faith.
Picture that for a minute. Jesus marveled. I wouldn’t think that the all-knowing Son of God would be impressed by much. After all, he knows our hearts. But yet, he still contains the sensitivity to marvel at certain things.
It made me think, do I have a faith that would make Jesus marvel?
I don’t know about you, but I want my heart to impress my Savior. I want to please him. I want him to smile when he looks at my heart. Even though he’ll see all the yucky stuff, I want him to see that even through all that, there is something worth marveling over.
What can we do to increase our faith?