The Selfless Centurion

When Jesus returned to Capernaum, a Roman officer came and pleaded with him,

“Lord, my young servant lies in bed, paralyzed and in terrible pain.”

Jesus said, “I will come and heal him.”

But the officer said, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come into my home. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed.

Jesus and the Centurion

I know this because I am under the authority of my superior officers, and I have authority over my soldiers. I only need to say, ‘Go,’ and they go, or ‘Come,’ and they come. And if I say to my slaves, ‘Do this,’ they do it.

When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to those who were following him, he said, “I tell you the truth, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel!

Then Jesus said to the Roman officer, “Go back home. Because you believed, it has happened.” And the young servant was healed that same hour.
Matthew 8:5‭-‬10‭, ‬13 NLT

The above verses narrates an interesting account of a Roman officer who came to seek the help of Jesus to heal his servant who was paralyzed and in pain.

I have observed that whenever this passage is read the only thing most people if not everyone take notes of is the uncommon faith of the Roman officer which our Lord Jesus Christ also commended.

But apart from his faith is an attribute exhibited by the roman officer which I would like to talk about and that attribute is compassion.

The Centurion

You see even as a high ranking roman officer he humbled himself and showed love and compassion to his servant not just by words but by consciously and deliberately taking it upon himself the task to find Jesus for the sake of his servant.

This singular act shows a touching concern for people and their weakness.

The roman officer could have sent any of his other servants or soldiers to go look for Jesus but instead he went by himself not considering his status simply because of the love he had for his servant.

It was compassion and selflessness that moved the roman officer to action before he demonstrated his uncommon faith which was lauded by Jesus Christ.

Now let’s bring it back to us, as a boss in the office how do you treat your subordinates, how do you treat your driver or the security man.

As a custodian or care giver how do you treat those under your care? How compassionate and selfless are you when dealing with your domestic workers?.

2Kings 5:1-19 present an interesting narration of how a young maid brought about the healing of her master Naaman.

I’m very sure this gesture by the young maid was as a result of the love and compassion she got from her custodian.

The way and manner she was taken care of motivated her to inform her master’s wife about the prophet in Israel.

As humans, be it custodians or a boss in the office, the way you treat and deal with those around or under you is very important and it will tell how compassionate you are and the value you place on others as a person.

Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.
Matthew 7:20 NLT

Many thanks for stopping by, until I come your way again. Do have a fabulous week ahead.


Thankful Thursday

And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.

And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?

There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.

And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.
Luke 17:16‭-‬19 KJV

Thanksgiving is a vantage position to live from.

Delightful Tuesday: Just Like Every Other Day.. I’m +1

God is Great, First and Foremost.

So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
Psalms 90:12 KJV

For the daily journey that began with a second, minutes, hours, and now 365 days, this is more than just a chance. God, thank You for this great privilege to witness another year, happy birthday to me.

I want to thank my family and friends for their love and support and to everyone here for being a source of joy and encouragement to me through your posts.

God bless you all.

The Church

Please give my greetings to our brothers and sisters at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church that meets in her house.

After you have read this letter, pass it on to the church at Laodicea so they can read it, too. And you should read the letter I wrote to them.
Colossians 4:15‭-‬16 NLT

The gathering of God’s people for God

Most people would think of a church as a building but it is clear from the bible text that a church is the people who meets or come together to fellowship in the building.

In other words a church is not the physical structure of bricks and mortar but consists of the people who are spiritually connected to Jesus and to one another.

Nympha had a church meet in her house. The house was the physical structure, the church were the people who met there to worship God and share His life with each other for mutual support and encouragement.

Nympha is only one of several persons in the new testament who had a church meet in their house.

For example there is Priscilla and Aquila (Rom.16:3-5) and Philemon of whom it is said that, “the church that meets in your home” (Phm.1:1-2).

From these passages we may therefore say that a church is a local gathering of people who are united together by their faith in Jesus Christ as their Saviour and Lord.

It is not limited to rich or poor, male or female, young or old, black or white but open to all who confess the name of Jesus and desire to follow Him (Gal.3:28).

Why fellowship:

One time when Jesus was eating with them, he told them not to leave Jerusalem. He said, Wait here until you receive what the Father promised to send. Remember, I told you about it before.
Acts 1:4 ERV

  • We must meet together because Jesus Christ commanded it.
  • To worship and praise God.
  • We meet together to wait for His promise.
  • Where two or three people are gathered in His name, there He is.
  • It is a time to share in the joy of the Lord for in His presence there’s fullness of joy.

We must not quit meeting together, as some are doing. No, we need to keep on encouraging each other. This becomes more and more important as you see the Day getting closer.
Hebrews 10:25 ERV

  • We meet together to fellowship and to encourage one another.
  • We meet together in order to meet the needs of our brethren.
  • We meet to hear and get instructions from God.
  • Meeting together brings about transformation and renewal of the mind.
  • Meeting together is important because Jesus Christ is returning soon.

So when next the word church comes up, remember it isn’t the building, but You and I.

Sending you love and blessings for a wonderful week ahead,