HOLINESS DAY BY DAY
Today's Scripture: Luke 7:6
"I am not worthy to have you come under my roof."
I was talking one day with a man whose mother, a faithful servant of God for more than forty years, was dying of painful cancer. He said, "after all she's done for God, this is the thanks she gets." Such a statement sounds irreverent, but the man didn't intend it to be that way. He simply thought God owed his mother a better life. He only verbalized what many people feel.
There are other occasions when we remind God of the sacrifices we've made to serve him and expect an answer to prayer in return. With such an attitude we may grumble about blessings not received instead of being grateful for those we have received.
We need to adopt the attitude of the Roman centurion described in Luke 7. This man sent some Jewish elders to Jesus asking him to come and heal his sick servant. The elders pleaded with Jesus: "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" (verses 4-5).
The centurion surely was a remarkable man. But his attitude about himself is even more remarkable than his deeds. Instead of thinking of what he should receive because of what he deserved, he freely confessed he didn't deserve anything. He sent word to Jesus: "Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. Therefore I did not presume to come to you" (verses 6-7). Because of this attitude, the centurion not only experienced the joy of having his request granted but also the added joy of knowing he had received what he didn't deserve. (Excerpt taken from Transforming Grace)