Do you know that your faith can be seen? Well, basically if you can take a look in your life and you will know that your faith speaks, and it can be seen.
In the book of 2 Timothy chapter 3 verse 16 and 17 from Amplified Bible version it says “All scripture is God-breathed [given by divine inspiration] and is profitable for instruction, for conviction [of sin], for correction [of error and restoration to obedience], for training in righteousness [learning to live in conformity to God’s will, both publicly and privately—behaving honorably with personal integrity and moral courage]; so that the man of God may be complete and proficient, outfitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work.” That’s why it’s good to read the scriptures, because there is so much we can learn.
Let’s read the story of this Centurion man who the Lord Jesus praised him for having a great faith. From New King James Bible version, in the book of Luke chapter 7 from verses 1 to 12 it records that, “Now when He concluded all His sayings in the hearing of the people, He entered Capernaum. And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear to him, was sick and ready to die. So when he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to Him, pleading with Him to come and heal his servant. And when they came to Jesus, they begged Him earnestly, saying that the one for whom He should do this was deserving, “for he loves our nation, and has built us a synagogue.” Then Jesus went with them. And when He was already not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to Him, saying to Him, “Lord, do not trouble Yourself, for I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof. Therefore I did not even think myself worthy to come to You. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man placed under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard these things, He marveled at him, and turned around and said to the crowd that followed Him, “I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!” And those who were sent, returning to the house, found the servant well who had been sick.”
The Lord Jesus was amazed by this Centurion because of his faith. He saw his faith and was astonished to the point of saying He has not found such great faith, not even in Israel. My guess this Centurion was a Gentile and not an Israelite descendant. And he believed that the Lord Jesus didn’t have to come to him and his servant in order to be healed. All the Lord Jesus needed to say is His Word from where He was, and his servant would be healed, and which is what happened because the passage says when those who were sent returned to the house they found the servant who had been sick was well.
I’m not sure, but I think by this time of the Lord Jesus ministry, many of them believed they had to be touched by the Lord to be healed and delivered, and that He had to physically be there for them to receive their miracles.
This Centurion was a man placed under authority. And basically he said because of his authority and the power he has been given according to his position, when he said to his soldiers under him to go and come, do this and that, they obeyed and did it. So he believed since the Lord Jesus has authority, He could command using His authority from wherever He was to heal this Centurion servant, and the servant shall be healed. He believed that all the Lord Jesus needed for his servant to be well is to say it, “Be healed,” and the servant will be healed. And the Lord was marveled when He saw this Centurion faith.
There is also another story recorded in the Bible of this paralyzed man who was healed by The Lord Jesus that tells us faith speaks. In the book of Luke chapter 5 from verses 17 to 39, it says; “On one of the days while Jesus was teaching, some proud religious law-keepers and teachers of the Law were sitting by Him. They had come from every town in the countries of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem. The power of the Lord was there to heal them. Some men took a man who was not able to move his body to Jesus. He was carried on a bed. They looked for a way to take the man into the house where Jesus was. But they could not find a way to take him in because of so many people. They made a hole in the roof over where Jesus stood. Then they let the bed with the sick man on it down before Jesus. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the man, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” The teachers of the Law and the proud religious law-keepers thought to themselves, “Who is this Man Who speaks as if He is God? Who can forgive sins but God only?” Jesus knew what they were thinking. He said to them, “Why do you think this way in your hearts? Which is easier to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or, ‘Get up and walk’? “So that you may know the Son of Man has the right and the power on earth to forgive sins,” He said to the man who could not move his body, “I say to you, get up. Take your bed and go to your home.” At once the sick man got up in front of them. He took his bed and went to his home thanking God. All those who were there were surprised and gave thanks to God, saying, “We have seen very special things today.”
The passage says, the Lord Jesus saw their faith when the paralyzed man and the men who were carrying him breaking through the roof to get to Him, because they couldn’t find another way get to Jesus through the big crowd. They heard Jesus was in town, and they made up their mind that even if they had to break the roof to get to Jesus, then let it be so, because they saw the opportunity and they were not going to let it pass them by. They were determined enough, and the Lord Jesus saw their faith through their action.
It’s not enough to declare it, or say it, or just believe it, but your faith has to be backed up by your actions. Basically our faith has got to be put to work. Faith can be seen because it moves us to do the things we believe about. When we believe about something, usually we will start speaking about it, and eventually once it aligns with our core within, we will eventually start acting according to our faith.
In the book of James chapter 2 verse 17, reading from New International Bible version it says that “Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” Though the concept here to my understanding is talking about Christian faith (read the passage James chapter 2 from verses 14 to 26), and basically it says that anybody can believe. And it used the example of demons or evil spirits and saying they also believe there is God and are scared, and yet still disobey Him. But what will distinguish us is by our obedience towards God; not only by our faith, but through our actions as well. And in verse 24 it went on saying that “You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.”
So we can also apply this concept through other areas of life, like when we are pursuing towards our dreams and goals. I mean, show me a person who has achieved big dreams and you will see a man who has put his faith into action. Our ideas will remain ideas unless we put them and our faith about them into action. Whether you have small faith or big faith, whatever measure you have, what it matters is that you put it into action, because your faith can be seen by your actions.
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