Kirby Puckett and Jesus

I remember when I was in college and a group of professional baseball players from the Minnesota Twins came through on a speaking tour to our college.  It just so happened that I was in the batting cage next to the basketball court they were playing on, when one of them came over to the cage.  The player was Kirby Puckett an All-Star for the Minnesota Twins, and needless to say, I was a bit nervous.

Kirby stood right by the cage as I hit for about 10 minutes.  When I got done with my round and began picking up the baseballs in the cage, I sheepishly looked up and he said “not bad son, you’ve got what it takes.”  He sauntered off and went back to his game, but for me I felt like the game just began.

Man that did something to me that day.  To have someone of his caliber tell me that I have what it takes was pretty amazing to me.

There was a man in the Bible that amazed Jesus you know, and it wasn’t a disciple or Moses or Joseph or anyone else like that.  In fact it was someone that barely even knew Him.

In Luke 7 we enter into a story about a Centurion in the Roman Army and his servant who was gravely ill.  The man, Scripture says, had “heard of Jesus” and sent a few Jewish elders to meet him and ask Christ to come heal his servant.  As Jesus came closer to the home of the Centurion it says that the man sent a few of his friends to meet Christ and to tell Him these words:

Lord don’t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof.  That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you.  But say the word, and my servant will be healed.  For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me.  I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes.  I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” – Luke 7:6b-8

This powerful man, who was in charge of nearly 100 men and was able to command them to do whatever he wanted whenever he wanted, asks a homeless Rabbi that traveled with a mismatched group of 12 men to help him.  Why?

Because he knew that although he had the power to command men to do whatever he wished he had no power over death, but he knew that Jesus did and He had faith that Jesus could heal his servant.

Wow, what on earth would Jesus say to that?

When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, ‘I tell you the truth, I have not found such great faith even in Israel’.

Jesus Christ…the One who become flesh, Creator God, Alpha and Omega, Beginning and End, the second member of the Trinity, the One who helped fashion wings on butterflies, designed water molecules to freeze at a certain temperature and boil at another, the architect of the Universe, the One who walks on water, Who will tell the storms to calm, the One who wrestled with Jacob, the One who entered the furnace with Shadrach, Meshach, and Obednigo, the One who calmed the lions with Daniel, the One who parts seas, the One born to a virgin teen and a poor carpenter, the One who makes the lame walk, the deaf hear, and the blind see, the One that will be crucified for the sins of man, the One who will come back on a white horse wearing a robe dipped in blood and a tattoo down His thigh…that Jesus…was amazed!!!

Not by his resume, his stature, his house, his car, his really cool job, his power…no…none of that.  He was amazed by his faith.

A faith that was based not on seeing Jesus doing miracles, but by hearing and believing that He had power over all things to heal his servant. A faith that humbled itself to the Highest of all authority and didn’t let pride or selfishness get in the way of saving someone lesser than him.

It was his Faith that amazed Jesus.

So if Jesus was standing by the batting cage that is your life watching your faith in action would He be amazed?  Would He walk away saying…’yep he has what it takes’?

He desperately wants to be amazed by you…especially by your Faith.  Now it may be as small as a mustard seed, but it could have the impact of a freight train.  It starts by humbling yourself to Christ as your authority, laying your old self down and starting a new life with Him, and walking forward toward Him not because of what you’ve seen but what you haven’t seen.

Make an effort right now to stop and pray to Christ and ask Him for the strength to make your Faith amazing to Him.  Ask Him for His strength to sustain you and for His mercy to cover you and for His grace to abound in your life.

Then open your eyes and start doing some amazing stuff in His name.

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