“When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.”
Jesus always marveled when He saw people with great faith. Maybe the reason Jesus marveled at their great faith was because it was so rare to find someone with great faith. Face it; how often do you come across someone with great faith? The reason great works of God are so few is because there are so few people with great faith. Anytime you find someone with great faith, you can look at their life and see God’s mighty works in their lives.
In the verse above, Jesus marveled at the great faith of the centurion. He marveled because the centurion believed in Jesus’ power so much that he didn’t even come to Jesus, but he sent a servant to Jesus to request that his sick servant be healed. It was the great faith of the centurion that allowed the servant who was at the point of death to be healed.
Let me remind you that there are many people at the point of death just like this servant. There are many people at the point of spiritual death who need someone to have great faith so they can be healed with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When you look at this story of the centurion, you find there are several things that make up a great faith.
First, great faith realizes its unworthiness. This centurion realized how unworthy he was for God to act on his faith. You will always find those who have great faith to be humble servants of God. Pride will always squelch a believer’s faith.
Second, great faith believes in the power of God’s Word. The centurion simply asked Jesus to “say the word.” God’s Word is great enough today to do the works that He did yesterday; you just have to believe that His Word is still as powerful today as it was for those in the past. You will never have a great faith until you believe in the power of God’s Word.
Third, great faith acts for the betterment of others. This centurion wasn’t asking for himself, he was asking for others. Great faith always desires for God’s power to be done so that others can be helped. The reason God needs to build great works today and do great works through others is so that the next generation can see for themselves that God is still God.
Fourth, great faith knows its weakness. This centurion knew he had the power to command others, but he also knew he didn’t have the power to heal his own servant. You must realize your weakness and God’s power if you want to have great faith. Great faith will realize that only God can do the miraculous. Great faith drives the believer to their knees in prayer because they realize their frailty and God’s omnipotence. You will always find that the person with great faith is always a person who has a great prayer life.
Fifth, great faith steps out on the belief of God’s ability. The centurion sent his servant in faith believing God would come through. You will never see the fruits of faith until you silence doubt’s whisper and step out on faith’s confidence in God’s power.
Sixth, great faith is never disappointed. You will never be disappointed if you live a life of faith. If you want to see God’s great works in your life, you are going to have to have a great faith.