When the centurion heard of Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to Him, requesting Him to come and make his bond servant well. And when they reached Jesus, they begged Him earnestly, SAYING, HE IS WORTHY THAT YOU SHOULD DO THIS FOR HIM, FOR HE LOVES OUR NATION AND HE BUILT US OUR SYNAGOGUE [AT HIS OWN EXPENSE]. And Jesus went with them. But when He was not far from the house, the centurion sent [some] friends to Him, saying, Lord, do not trouble [Yourself], FOR I AM NOT SUFFICIENTLY WORTHY TO HAVE YOU COME UNDER MY ROOF; NEITHER DID I CONSIDER MYSELF WORTHY TO COME TO YOU. But [just] speak a word, and my servant boy will be healed (Luke 7:3-7 AMPC).
Beloved, reading the story of the centurion whose servant was ill and needed the intervention of Jesus, while the focus of our feature text has always been on the man’s faith, there’s also some other detail in Luke’s version of the story worth noticing. The Jewish elders felt the centurion was a very worthy candidate to receive from Jesus purely based on his works but, the centurion didn’t think so. He knew it was all about Jesus and not his own works but can you imagine sitting around such people all day long and what their flattery can do to one? This is something a lot of us can easily fall for. I’m also guilty. There are times I get so frustrated with God when He is not answering me that I’m tempted to start to recount the things I’ve done or given up for Him but then I immediately come to my senses… Lord please forgive me!
But I absolutely love this man’s humility. Regardless of what he had done and what people felt about him, he felt… I am nothing. I am not worthy. You’ve also got to be weary of those that praise you and their different agendas. I once used to know someone that whenever they call me, they first start by singing my praises but you just know they want something from you and I’m like what do you want? Here, in this story we’ve got the Jewish elders report versus his friends report. I’m sure you know the Jewish elders had an agenda based on their keen interest in the ministry of Jesus but our centurion was clever enough not to get caught up in it.
Beloved, the bible says… Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but A PERSON IS TESTED BY BEING PRAISED (Proverbs 27:21 NLT). What does human praise do to you and your ego? Could it be robbing you of anything?