According to Your Faith

Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be to you” (Matthew 9:29).

In Matthew chapter nine, Jesus touched the eyes of two blind men who were following Him, and He healed them. Notice He didn’t simply say to them, “You are healed,” but instead He said, “According to your faith let it be to you.” Another version of the Bible says, “As you have believed, so let it happen” (NTE). Where was the responsibility in this situation? It was on the ones who were blind and what they believed.

Jesus touched their eyes; He met them at their point of faith. They had faith that if He would touch them, they would be healed. Then when He touched them, according to what they had believed, it happened. That tells me it’s really important what we believe. It is impossible to have vision without light. Jesus literally delivered them from the power of darkness.

Once when Jesus was in Capernaum, a Roman soldier, a centurion, approached Him and pleaded with Him. He told Jesus that his servant was at home paralyzed and in great pain. Immediately Jesus replied that He would go to his house to heal his servant.

Surprisingly, the centurion told Jesus that he was not worthy for Jesus to enter his house, but he offered another solution. He told Jesus that if He would just speak a word, his servant would be healed and explained why this would work. He said that like Jesus, he had soldiers under his authority and if he told them to go or to come, they would do exactly as he commanded.

When Jesus heard him make this statement, He turned to His disciples and those following Him and made a profound statement. He said, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!” (Matthew 8:10).

It’s amazing that of all the rabbis, Pharisees, teachers, and even His own disciples, Jesus declared that this Roman centurion (a Gentile) had more faith than anyone else in all of Israel. (Matthew 8:5-10.)

What did the centurion understand that caused Jesus to proclaim he had great faith? He understood submission and authority. The centurion said, “Send the word and my servant will be healed” (vs. 8). He didn’t say, “Go touch my servant.”

On the other hand, the blind men believed that if Jesus touched them, they would be healed. That’s where they had focused their faith. He said to them, “As you have believed, let it be done unto you,” and He touched their eyes, and they were healed.

The centurion said to Jesus, “Speak a word, and my servant will be healed.” Jesus said to him, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you” (vs. 13). Did Jesus go to his house? No, He didn’t need to, because the centurion believed that if the word was sent, his servant would be healed. As he believed, it was done to him.

Let me ask you something. What are you believing? What you are believing is extremely important because the paradigm set in the Word of God is this: what you believe is what you receive. This clearly explains the words of Jesus when He said, “According to your faith let it be to you” (Matthew 9:29).

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