1When Jesus had finished saying all this to the people who were listening, he entered Capernaum. 2 There a centurion’s servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die. 3 The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant. 4 When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, “This man deserves to have you do this, 5 because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue.” 6 So Jesus went with them.
He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: “Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. 7 That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. 8 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
9 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.” 10 Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well.
When I was reading this passage, the word Which striker and provoked me to think was “Centurion- A Man who was not a Jew”
There is still a debate going whether the centurion met Jesus face to face or only send the elders to Jesus. But I don’t want to get into it now. Whether he met or not, I am sure he must have heard about Jesus, His miracles and teachings. That’s why he said to the Jewish leaders to tell Jesus ” That I don’t deserve to have a great man like You under my roof”. He was a man who was highly honoured by Jews because he loved his nation and had built a synagogue for them. Synagogue for Jews! Was the centurion a believer of Yahweh? We don’t know, but this act of him surely says that He was a very considerate man. He thought about others values and belief.
We, called as Christians turns selfish when it comes to this point. We draw a circle around us and pull others who are of same interest and thoughts. Those can be believers or unbelievers.
Luke 6:31 New International Version (NIV)
31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.
Do you feel bad if someone didn’t wish you on your special day?
Remember, that you too missed someone’s special day
Did you hear that your best friend called someone else for a movie and not you?
Remember, you too ignored someone.
‘Sorry I don’t have a penny to lend’, and you know he or she had plenty. How could he be so mean?
Knock knock, you did the same Once!
These are only few, but I believe our lists are long.
Philippians 2:21 English Standard Version (ESV)
21 For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.
Yes we all seek our own interests, but how about considering the interest of Jesus.
Are you planning to built a house? Then how much are you planning to give for the house of God?
Did you save money to buy a watch? How about spending some time with God.
Want to buy a gown which is on discount? Think about the person whom you passed by who doesn’t have a proper cloth to cover
Having a party in a 5 star hotel? How about feeding the starving stomach’s on streets?
There are many interests of God or people which we ignored knowingly or unknowingly. Let’s get back and be considerate to each other and fulfil others needs and desires.