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Devotion: Just Say the Word from Where You Are

When Jesus had finished saying all this to the people, he returned to Capernum. At that time, the highly valued slave of a Roman officer was sick and near death. When the officer heard about Jesus, he sent some respected Jewish elder to ask him to come and heal his slave. So they earnestly begged Jesus to help the man. “If anyone deserves your help, he does,” they said, “for he loves the Jewish people and even built a synagogue for us.”

So Jesus went with them But just before they arrived at the house, the officer sent some friends to say, “Lord, don’t trouble yourself by coming to my home, for I am not even worthy of such an honor. I am not even worthy to come and meet you. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be come healed. I know this because I am under the authority of my superior officers and I have authority over my soliders. I only need to say “Go” and they go, or “Come” and they come. And if I say to my slaves , “Do this,” they do it.

When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to the crowd that was following him, he said “I tell you, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel.” And when the officer’s friends returned to his house, they found the slave completely healed.

Luke 7:1-10 (NLT)

If you read this too quickly, you might miss the beauty here.

You don’t have to be at a certain location to find healing.

You don’t have to look like a certain group of people to find healing.

You don’t have to have a certain routine to find healing.

You don’t have to be a part of a certain class of people to find healing.

You don’t have to be powerful to find healing.

The only thing that you need is the faith to believe that the power of Jesus transcends all understanding, space, and time. It also obliterates all traditions, stereotypes, laws, and customs.

This healing can sometimes be physical, mental, spiritual, or anything in between. And sometimes the people with the most faith look differently than we’re trained to assume.



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