In Matthew 8:5-7, it says “and when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, and saying, Lord my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy grievously tormented. And Jesus saith unto him I will come and heal him.”
My question to you this week is who do you call on in times of distress?
Many of you are going to say that you call on the Lord, but if you can be real and honest about this, you call the pastor or someone else before you call on Jesus. This centurion did not call on the doctors to heal his servant, he called on Jesus. Have you been guilty of calling the preacher first or someone else when some stressful situation arises? If you are not careful, saints of God, you will find yourself calling on everyone else but Jesus to help you in your issues.
It’s so easy to place your faith in everything but Jesus; it does not matter how long you have been saved, it’s just easy to do. I respect the preacher, but he can’t heal me, he can’t save me, he can’t deliver me, he can’t turn my mess into a miracle, he can’t fix my issues, he can’t renew me, nor refresh me, nor revive me, so I call on Jesus Christ who can do these things and much more.
Saints of God please learn from this story. This man did not call his disciples nor the local doctors, he called on Jesus first. Be careful when placing your faith in the preacher who is a man, who is human; he may not call you when you get sick, nor visit you in the hospital, nor come to see you when there is a death in the family.
As long as Jesus stops by to see you with his loving grace, and his tender mercy, and his compassionate spirit, that should be all we need. There is no one that can do for you and I like Jesus can, not man nor preacher can do what he can do.
When we place our faith in Jesus and man lets us down (and he will), we won’t be so disappointed.
People of God, you will be challenged by this word because you could be so accustomed to calling on man first, but God would say “I am holding you accountable now that you have read this and you know better.”
Take this word and apply it to your walk with Jesus, and see how God works a great work in and through you life.