There are only a few moments in the Bible when people amazed God with their faith.
There was the Samaritan woman who compared herself to a “dog” and was willing to “eat the crumbs from the master’s table”.
There were the friends of the paralytic who displayed relentless faith by boring a hole through the roof and lowering their friend on a mat in front of Jesus.
There was the one leper who, after he was cleansed, returned to Jesus with gratitude.
And then there was the Roman Centurion in today’s gospel to whom Jesus said:
“… ‘Truly, I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.’…” (Matthew 8:10)
How about you? When was the last time you amazed God with your faith?
At the beginning of this season of Advent, I asked God what I can do in order to make this season more spiritually significant. I was surprised with His answer.
God said to my heart, “Child, why don’t you find ways to amaze me again with your faith.”
I cringed. I cowered. I flinched.
Indeed, it’s been awhile since I made God clap for me because of my faith.
I don’t take risks for the mission as much.
I don’t reach out to the poor as much.
I don’t try to break new grounds in the area of holiness as much as before.
But here’s good news for all of us: It’s not so difficult to amaze God with our faith. Pagdating sa atin, mababaw lang si Lord.
It’s easy to please Him today not because of what we can do but because of who we are — His children.
And when your child tries to impress you, you can’t help but be amazed!