Worthy, Or Not Worthy?

“And when they came to Jesus, they pleaded with him earnestly, saying, ‘He is worthy to have you do this for him, for he loves our nation, and he is the one who built us our synagogue’” (Luke 7:4-5, ESV, emphasis mine).

Recognize this verse? It’s from the story where Jesus heals the centurion’s servant. And recognize this line of thinking? It goes like this: a virtuous person deserves favors from God. If and only if you have earned brownie points with Him, God should listen to and answer your requests.

The centurion did not share this same concept. Instead, he expressed the opposite idea about his worthiness:

“When he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends, saying to him, ‘Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof’” (v. 6, emphasis mine).

He was the wiser one. He was more aware of reality than Continue reading Worthy, Or Not Worthy?