The Call to Faith Vicar’s weekly thought 17th Feb

The Call to Faith

The call to faith is one for us all, and at this service of Christian Baptism we are all reminded of Christ’s call down the ages. It is to follow Him, who rose from the dead having died on the cross as a sacrifice for our forgiveness.

What I find interesting about our story today – of a Roman centurion’s encounter with Jesus – is how he was a man who was ‘not of the faith’, although very much supportive of it. He didn’t even feel worthy of the honour of having Jesus come to his house (to heal his slave). But he recognizes Jesus’s authority over life and death. And what is it Jesus then says?: “I tell you, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel!” [1]

Now there’s a challenge to those who say they believe, as much as to those who don’t! Jesus is truly amazing as He says what really matters to Him! As St Paul later put it, ‘We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are!’ [2]

So we come today, whoever we are. Don’t just look at others, or compare yourself to them – but ask yourself,

“Just who is this man, Jesus Christ?

And what is He asking of me?”

[1] Luke 7.9 [2] Romans 3.22