From the many great lessons we learned in this week’s Come Follow Me, I wanted to expound on one that is important for all of us to understand.
5 ¶ And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,
6 And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.
7 And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.
8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.
9 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.
10 When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
In the scripture quoted above we are told of a centurion who approached Jesus and asked Him to heal his servant. However, the centurion felt unworthy that Jesus should enter into his house. He told Jesus just to speak the word and the servant would be healed.
Jesus marveled because of this man’s faith. The centurion believed that he was unworthy, but still knew that Christ could help him. The important lesson lies in the example of this centurion.
He like many of us felt unworthy, unclean, and not deserving of the Savior’s love. However, even though he felt this way he still approached the Savior and asked for help. I fear that too many of us fail to reach out to the Savior and ask for help because we feel unworthy. We don’t pray because why would God ever listen too, or even help a sinner like me.
The truth is the Savior accepts us as we are. There are no requirements we have to reach before we can receive the Savior’s grace. There is no level of worthiness we have to reach before the power of Christ’s atonement can heal us. Christ asks us to Come unto Him. He does not love us less because we struggle and sin. Christ is ever waiting for us to reach out and open the door so he can come and heal us.
When we approach the Savior as we are and with faith that he can heal us we will see miracles in our lives, just like the centurion and his servant.