What Jesus Did! 'Trust in Authority' — Luke 7:6-8

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

So Jesus went with the men. Jesus was coming near the officer's house when the officer sent friends to say, "Lord, you don't need to do anything special for me. I am not good enough for you to come into my house. That is why I did not come to you myself. You only need to give the order and my servant boy will be healed. {I understand your authority.} I am a man under the authority (power) of other men. And I have soldiers under my authority. I tell one soldier, 'Go,' and he goes. And I tell another soldier, 'Come,' and he comes. And I say to my servant, 'Do this,' and my servant obeys me."
— Luke 7:6-8 NLT
Illustration of Luke 7:6-8 NLT —  {I understand your authority.

Key Thought

It takes someone of authority to truly and to fully appreciate someone else who exercises that authority. Here is a man of authority who shows his faith in Jesus' authority and shows his own humility, a humility that was most unexpected for his position. He trusted in the power of Jesus and the power of Jesus' will and word. His faith is exemplary. Do we have that same faith? Do we believe in Jesus' promises and trust in his word with the same humility?

Today's Prayer

Father, I believe, but help my faith grow and mature. Help my actions match Jesus' word more fully as I learn to trust Jesus' promises more completely. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 28:18-20
  • Acts 2:33-36
  • Luke 4:36


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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