Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Wednesday Weekly Devotional

By Pastor Taylor Sexton

Does your faith have staying power? 

When I think about the phrase ‘staying power’ my mind immediately goes to sports. I think about great athletes who have been competing in their leagues for years and continue to dominate. Athletes like Anthony Rizzo, Jonathon Toews, Serena Williams, Tom Brady, and Lebron James. What makes these players so great is not just their skills, but also their stamina and commitment despite injuries, fatigue, or other difficult things. They all have proven their staying power. 

When it comes to our faith we must also seek to have staying power. In the face of difficult times and fatigue we must continue to see everything through a faith lens. One of the greatest examples of faith in the Bible is that of the centurion. His faith actually amazed Jesus. 

Matthew 8:5-13
When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.”Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?”The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. 11 I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment.

The faith of the centurion is truly inspiring. He had the faith to tell Jesus to stay and simply speak healing over his servant. When it comes to our own faith journey, I think we can often times underestimate the power of Jesus. This leads to our faith being dependent on our life circumstances. When life is good our faith is good. When life gets a little rough we tend to stumble in our faith. In order for our faith to have staying power through it all though, we must seek to have faith like the centurion. 

One way I believe we can all have faith like the Centurion is by living out the Apostle Paul’s definition of faith in Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Confidence, hope, and assurance in Jesus must be the cornerstones of our faith. These faith cornerstones are clearly exemplified in the faith of the Centurion whose faith amazed Jesus. Our own faith will have staying power and can also amaze Jesus when live each day in confidence, hope, and assurance in Jesus.