…”the centurion sent friends to say to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, …only speak the word, and let my servant be healed.” –Luke 7:6b-7
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If someone came to you today and told you that Jesus was on his way to your house, what would your first reaction be?
In today’s Gospel, the Centurion’s first reaction was unworthiness.
He sent word to Jesus to stop, that he wasn’t worthy of Jesus’s presence in his home, much less his life.
I think we have all felt this way – this wondering if Jesus could love us despite ______ (fill in the blank).
And the answer is yes. No buts, no caveats, just yes.
You know what the best part of this story is?
Jesus doesn’t say, you know what? You’re right, you are unworthy. Jesus says, OK, I’ll do my work from over here.
The healing still happens.
Despite the way the centurion felt.
Despite his own feelings of inadequacy and unworthiness.
God still gets it done.
Through Jesus, God takes those same feelings of ours and says, yeah, I can work with that.
Questions to Ponder or Discuss
1. Have you ever felt unworthy? When? What made you feel that way?
2. When you get stuck in that cycle of unworthiness, what does your faith say to you?
3. What’s your favorite part of worship? Why?
4. What do you think about confession? What would it take to make confession your favorite part of worship?
When feelings of unworthiness come creeping in, take a moment and remember the words of the centurion: “Lord, I am unworthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed.”
God has said the words.
Remember that truth today and know that you have been healed, you have been forgiven.
Live free of the weight and guilt of your perceived unworthiness.