Have you ever asked the question, “What do you get a person who already has everything?” You think through so many creative options but everything seems to fall short. Now, let’s take things up a level. How do you astonish or amaze Jesus? This is the man who knows everything? He knows your thoughts and words before you even say them. In Matthew 8:5-13 we see Jesus marvel at a man’s faith:
And when Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, imploring Him, and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, fearfully tormented.” Jesus *said to him, “I will come and heal him.” But the centurion said, “Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to this one, ‘Go!’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come!’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this!’ and he does it.” Now when Jesus heard this, He marveled and said to those who were following, “Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith with anyone in Israel. I say to you that many will come from east and west, and recline at the table with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven; but the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” And Jesus said to the centurion, “Go; it shall be done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed that very moment.
Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Does your faith share a confidence in Jesus? Do your daily decisions communicate that you trust God? If you want to amaze Jesus, have a great faith in Him. But how? How do you grow in faith? Romans 10:17 shares, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.” Take your first step today by opening up His word and reading. Maybe even go back to the top of this post and re-read Matthew 8 asking God to speak to you through His word.