Today our pastor (Mark Marshall) delivered a powerful message entitled “Amazing Faith”. The text for the sermon was Luke 7:1-10.
1 When He had concluded all His sayings in the hearing of the people, He entered Capernaum. 2 A centurion’s slave, who was highly valued by him, was sick and about to die. 3 When the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to Him, requesting Him to come and save the life of his slave. 4 When they reached Jesus, they pleaded with Him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy for You to grant this, 5 because he loves our nation and has built us a synagogue.” 6 Jesus went with them, and when He was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to tell Him, “Lord, don’t trouble Yourself, since I am not worthy to have You come under my roof. 7 That is why I didn’t even consider myself worthy to come to You. But say the word, and my servant will be cured. 8 For I too am a man placed under authority, having soldiers under my command. I say to this one, ‘Go!’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come!’ and he comes; and to my slave, ‘Do this!’ and he does it.” 9 Jesus heard this and was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following Him, He said, “I tell you, I have not found so great a faith even in Israel!” 10 When those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave in good health.
The Scripture tells us that Jesus was amazed at the Centurion’s faith. Our pastor posed this question. “Does my faith amaze Jesus Christ?”
I’ve wrestled with that question today. I do consider myself a man of faith. I have faith in Jesus Christ and believe His words. But, there are times when I have doubts and my faith falters. I wonder sometimes if Jesus looks at my heart and is amazed by my lack of faith. No doubt there are days when He looks at me and says what He said to the disciples on more than one occasion: “you of little faith”.
Pastor Mark gave three components of what amazing faith is.
1. Amazing faith has the right object. (Jesus Christ)
2. Amazing faith trusts the word of Jesus without reservation.
3. Amazing faith affirms the authority of Jesus.
I admit that I have a long way to go on my faith journey. Yes, I have faith, but I don’t think Jesus would say at this point it is amazing. I do want to get to that point when He will look at me and be amazed at my faith. No matter the circumstance I want to hold to my faith in Him, knowing that He is the ultimate authority over everything in my life. I’m making progress, but I’m not there yet. I’m thankful for teachers such as Mark Marshall who are equipping me and helping me along my faith journey. I’m learning more each day as I strive to strengthen my faith in Jesus Christ. So I press on toward the goal of one day hearing the words “well done, good and faithful servant”.
*NOTE: I would encourage you to listen to Mark Marshall’s sermon via Podcast. You can link to the sermon audio page, or subscribe to the Podcasts, by clicking the link here to ClearView’s website.