When Jesus heard this he was amazed at him (Luke 7:9a)
I’m pretty good at skipping. I’m a good cook. I always make my bed in the morning, and I don’t leave my things laying around. Some folks might think those are nice accomplishments, but I don’t think my gifts and talent would amaze anyone, especially Jesus. Can you even imagine Jesus looking at you and telling people that you amazed Him?
The person in this verse from Luke was the Roman soldier who fully and completely trusted in Jesus. He believed that Jesus didn’t even have to go near his sick servant; he had faith that Jesus could simply say the word and heal his servant because he was that mighty. Think about that for a minute … the soldier didn’t have to do something huge, or dramatic or spectacular to amaze Jesus. He just trusted and believed in the power of Jesus. I don’t know about you, but I’d like to amaze Jesus. Imagine the conversation … you get home from work and someone says, “Hey, what did you do today?” and you say, “Oh, not much, I just amazed Jesus today!” That would be awesome!
I wonder if Jesus is very amazed with us these days. I was waiting for an appointment the other day and a news channel was on. It only took about two minutes for me to move to another part of the room so I couldn’t see or hear it. The division, the arguing, the twisting of the truth, and the accusations swirl around like leaves in the November wind — and it makes me so very sad.
So what do we do? We remember we’re his, we remember we were ALL created in his image, we remember that love and mercy trump all things all the time. We have to look at history and know people rise up, people come together, and if they’re going to go anywhere good, they have to follow Christ to get there.
We have a big job to do; we have division to heal and peace to find. We have a great Father who wants good for us. Jesus is waiting for us to amaze Him and all we have to do to accomplish that task is to trust Him and have faith like the Roman soldier that He is a mighty healer. He is capable of all things and he can inspire greatness and strength in the most broken and weak. Please take a minute to realize that you are a BELOVED CHILD OF GOD and He expects us to amaze Him. So go ahead … trust Him, believe in Him, and amaze Him.
A Seed to Plant: Say a prayer for our country, say a prayer for our leaders, say a prayer for each other. Tell Jesus you trust him and go be amazing!
Blessings on your day!
Copyright 2019 Sheri Wohlfert