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3 Key Life lessons From The Centurion

According to American Tract Society Dictionary, a Centurion is "a Roman officer commanding a hundred soldiers; similar to "captain" in modern times."

Whenever the title "Captain" is mentioned, we tend to shiver. But In the New Testament, several Centurions are mentioned with great honor. For instance, when Jesus was dying, the Centurion who stood by Him believed He was the son of God. This is what he said: Truly this man was the Son of God. We must probably have heard of Cornelius, "A devout man, and one that feared God with all
his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God always."

The 3 lessons come from one in Luke 7, who called for Jesus to heal his servant.

May I begin by saying that with the present fast-busy-self-centered life, one of the hardest thing to achieve is learning to live and integrate effectively with people. The systems around us teach us to get our way to success, even if we make people stepping stones. Sad.

Here are the 3 lessons we can learn from the centurion.

Lesson #1: True Love For People

Naturally, humans are self centered. The language is "me, us, we, ourselves." There is this force that pulls us to satisfying "us" first, and maybe forever.

TRUE love and care for others is something we must cultivate; the love we offer not because we expect anything back, but because we surely desire to give a hand.

I think the Centurion's can qualify to be termed as supper love. Note that He'd sent for Jesus to heal the "servant" - yes, a servant; slave boy.

He went for the best physician. With his power and wealth, he could have sought for a good hospital around. But he went for the best, just for the servant.

Secondly, people confessed to Jesus that this man loved them and he'd built a synagogue for them. Hope you know how long it'll take before people genuinely sing your praises.

There is power in loving people. There's power in doing good. There's power in having a big heart.

In life, we are all pillars to others in one way or the other. A fulfilled life is the one that performs this duty of a pillar so well that all lives meant to be supported are brought to full realization of their potential.

A good number of servants (or workers) are truly suffering under uncaring bosses; be it at the company or homes level. How do you treat your juniors? What's your intentions towards your employees? What can your house girl say about you? Your neighbors? Do they have a good testimony of you? Can your Classmates fight for you? Generally, do you have genuine love for people around you?

Another perspective of love is towards the ministry. The Centurion had built a whole synagogue! Our concern and involvement in the advancement of the gospel is critical. Nothing really matters like putting your hand in the fight to save precious souls. We're gifted differently, find out how you can be of help to the body of Christ. Join a church, choose a ministry and be an active member. If you stand with God, He shall stand with you.

Lesson #2: Humility

Oh, the humility of this Captain! Despite his rank, the man was down to earth. look at his message to Jesus: Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof: Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee. It's like the Captain saying this to a president. Not in this world!

Most often, humility is viewed as a weakness. But in reality, it takes strength to be humble, especially when you "have it all." Anybody can be humble when in need of a favor. But having an in-built humility takes commitment, since you have all opportunities and powers to be arrogant.

Look here, people have a sense of self worth and esteem. We all desire to be respected and never looked down upon, more so from our seniors. And we're hurt whenever deprived of that essential respect. It's a heart matter we should handle with care.

The beautiful story is, humility is a virtue we can all develop, and the earlier we start the better. It's a system we're building into our lives, and like any other system, once it takes roots, all we need is to nature it.

Avoid arrogance and bride at all costs. You've heard bride shows up before a fall.


Lesson #3: Faith

Faith is different from hope in that it is an assurance of things unseen. For more about types of faith see the article "Faith Towards God"

Again, the Centurion had what I can call Super Faith. He believed the servant can be healed if Jesus only spoke a word without necessarily going to the house and lay His hand on him. Jesus himself marveled at his faith and did confess He'd "not found so great faith, no, not in Israel."

Faith is always positive. A form of energy that makes things possible, even the impossible. I love what farmers do; they prepare there gardens with faith that it shall rain. They even calculate the profits they're anticipating. Though they may be doing this because of the past experience, but they ain't certain of the rains. 

When you don't have faith, you work against yourself, you fight against your progress. Faith produces the necessary hope to make us move. You need to believe that business will make it despite the challenges. You need to believe that contract will go through. Yes, your marriage will work out though many are falling.

In Essence, far from faith being a substance, the real force driving things to workability, it puts you into this form that anticipates for good results thus motivating you to investing positive energies and making small steps to achieve your goal.

If you're negative minded, your morale will die, and, trust me, your dream will die as well. You can imagine what could have happened if the Centurion had no faith that the servant could get back to health. Luke, the author of this story was a doctor, and I believe when he says the servant was about to die, he meant that. Above all, have faith in God, that he's able, more than able to drive our lives, Him being the author of these very lives.

These 3 virtues made the Centurion a "good person." people fought for him; The Bible says they besought Jesus instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do help. May this be true to you!

Back to you: Which of the above virtues do you find more relevant?