Luke 7:1-17; Genesis 8-10; Psalm 4
I like to impress people. Sometimes I’m direct and show off. At other times, I try to do it subtly and let people discover how wonderful I am without making it too obvious. I realize that I have never impressed God. What could I do to impress God? “When Jesus heard these words, he was impressed with the centurion. He turned to the crowd following him and said, ‘I tell you, even in Israel I haven’t found faith like this.’” (Luke 7:9) This Roman impressed Jesus. He had compassion on his servant and treated him like a human being. He and the Jewish leaders got along – and Jews and Romans almost never got along. Finally, he showed great humility: a Roman officer saying that he wasn’t worthy of some itinerant rabbi to come to his house. He recognized the authority of Jesus, though and realized that Jesus had power over sickness and death even from afar. He had faith. If we want to impress God, perhaps the key is not letting God know how good we are; perhaps the key is recognizing our position in God’s kingdom and trusting Him at all times.
Lord, I so want You to notice me and often seek to do great things for You. Remind me that showing my faith in You to others is the best thing I can do.