“But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead” (Matthew 8:22). Jesus had something to say to those who have excuses for why they can’t follow Jesus. Just follow me. That word has the idea of taking the same path or to accompany someone. Jesus was on the narrow path and many found that path two restrictive. Jesus often used this term ‘follow me’. “And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alpheus sitting at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him” (Mark 2:14). There’s not much explanation and discussion over it; just ‘follow me’. Too often we think we have to give detailed reasons why a person should follow Jesus. The thing about following Jesus is you learn what that means as you follow Him. I remember one time a person had written down a list of things they had problems with such as how could a whale swallow a person and live. I just told her that the questions fade away when you just follow Jesus. It’s a simple concept—follow Me.
The other day we said that times of hardship and difficulties can distort the reality of God’s Word, His promises, and the work of Jesus in us if we let them. Paul stressed in Romans 8:18 (NIV) that those times are not even suitable to compare to God’s glory, His reputation, which will be revealed in us. “…our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” When you allow God’s Word to be foremost [planted] in your heart and mind, you’ll see Him reveal more of Himself to you in practical ways. His presence, protection, provision—all that He is—will take off the cover of His goodness and love in your life. You’ll see the reality of His work and Word. You’ll understand His faithfulness in greater depth. It’s all because He’s revealing more of Himself. That’s what He wants to reveal to you today: more of His goodness; more of His love; more of His provision for you. And, as you receive His revelation, you’ll be able to share (reveal) that with others.
“When Jesus heard it, he marveled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel” (Matthew 8:10). When Jesus heard the centurion share his belief that Jesus could heal when He wasn’t even near the sick servant, Jesus marveled. The Greek word means “to wonder at, marvel.” What was it that put Jesus in such a place where he admired and was in awe and wonder at a Roman centurion? Faith. He had not seen such faith in all of Israel. The religious leaders hadn’t displayed any faith. His disciples hadn’t shown great faith; in fact, several time Jesus called them “O ye of little faith.” Everything in the New Covenant happens by grace through faith. It’s faith that pleases God. It was this unexpected great faith from a gentile that caused Jesus to marvel. This centurion received what he had asked for—healing of his servant. Great faith brings great results. Want God to say WOW? Then believe Him big.