Got Faith?

Read: Luke 7:1-10

The story is told of two nuns who were on their way to the local nursing home one day.  As they traveled through town they noticed that their car was acting very strange and not running very well.  Two blocks later the vehicle came to a stop and they noticed the gas gauge was on empty.  They had run out of gas.  Conveniently there was a gas station two blocks down the road.

The two women looked around for something to transport a little bit a gasoline from the station to their car and could only find a bedpan from the nursing home in their backseat.  After they filled the bedpan with gas they headed back and started to pour the gas into their tank.  As they did that, a couple drove by and observed curiously what was happening along the road.  As they watched the nuns pour the gas from the bedpan into the car the women said to her husband, “Now that’s what I call faith!”

In Luke 7:1-10 there is a testimony of great faith.  A centurion has heard of Jesus and his miracles and has sent some of his people to ask Jesus for help.  The centurion had a servant who was very ill.  In verse 2 it says that he was sick and about to die.  As Jesus comes close to his house he sends another message.  He says that he is not worthy of Jesus coming to his house, but yet he would like to see his friend healed.  Jesus is amazed at the faith of this man.  He said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.”  In verse 10 it says, “Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well.”

Recently I ran across a poem by Nancy Spiegelberg and Dorothy Purdy entitled “If I had only known you.”  It goes like this…. “Lord, I crawled across the barrenness to you with my empty cup, uncertain in asking any small drop of refreshment.  If only I had known You better, I’d have come running with a bucket.”  What mountain needs to be moved in your life?  Perhaps it’s time to put away our cups and break out the buckets.

Make It Personal: How is your faith level these days?  Do you have faith that Christ will show up and be there for you in your greatest hours of need?  Have you asked?  Have you called on his name?  One thing I have learned through the years is that I should never underestimate the power of Jesus Christ in my life.

Have a Faith-filled week,  Glen Rhodes